Why We Can’t Wait: A Celebration Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We invite you to join us for a series of virtual events as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please refer to the attached PDF with more information on how to participate. If you have any questions, please email taylor.starks@fresno.edu.


January 19: Virtual Book Celebration & Discussion (12:40 - 1:50 p.m.)

Hiebert Library and The Office of Spiritual Formation & Diversity invite you to join us on Tuesday, January 19 at 12:40 p.m. for the virtual book celebration of Fannie Lou Hamer's Revolutionary Practical Theology: Racial and Environmental Justice Concerns, by Rev. Karen Crozier, Ph.D. This book provides new insights into the life of a leader in civil rights and human rights in the Jim Crow South. More commonly known for her political activism, Rev. Crozier presents Fannie Lou Hamer as a religious thought leader and practical theologian who disrupted the deep-rooted systems of racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Three books will be given out in a drawing that is open to all students who join the celebration.


January 19: Community Roundtable Discussion (6:00 - 7:00 p.m.) Why We Can’t Wait: The Impact on Mental Health

Dr. Deshunna Ricks, author of I Have Value and adjunct instructor at Fresno Pacific University, explains the ties between racial issues and trauma. Join us for a conversation on how we can use our healing and work toward resilience in the face of oppression.


January 19: Student Led Roundtable Discussion (Time TBD) Why We Can’t Wait: Book Discussion with MACE

The Multiethnic Association of Cultural Engagement (MACE) will lead a brief discussion on Why We Can’t Wait, written by Dr. King at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Join in for a thoughtful conversation and considerations for our FPU community.


January 20: Community Roundtable Discussion (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) Why We Can’t Wait: Addressing the Disparities in Education

Angie Barfield, Program Specialist at Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and adjunct champions the development and success of students across the Central Valley. Her extensive work in leadership development and parent involvement provides the basis for a conversation surrounding the importance of advocacy for and the mentorship of young students as they prepare for opportunities in higher education and their adult lives.


January 20: Student Led Roundtable Discussion (Time TBD) Why We Can’t Wait: The Role of Athletics

Our newly formed Athletes of Color Alliance provides us with an overview of recent displays of activism in athletics and create space for dialogue about current events.