XU commemorates MLK day with social justice events

By: Max Bruns ~Staff Writer~ Xavier will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by presenting the one-woman show “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story” and showing the documentary, “The Loving Story.” On Jan. 19, Xavier’s Institute of Spirituality and Social Justice (ISSJ), in partnership with The AMOS Project, Bellarmine Chapel and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, will host award-winning actress and author Mzuri Aimbaye as she presents of “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story,” which relates historical events surrounding Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer was an American voting rights activist, a … Continue reading XU commemorates MLK day with social justice events

“Selma” triumphs despite errors

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Managing Editor~ The Newswire reviewed one of the best films covering the Civil Rights era in the last decade on Jan. 9: “Selma.” “Selma” depicts the march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., that helped make the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a reality, the same voting rights legislation that was partially repealed in 2013 to the dismay of many. The film begins with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receiving his Nobel Peace Prize and immediately cuts to the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, showing the violence King was facing, even as he received accolades. The film follows him and other figures from the leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee … Continue reading “Selma” triumphs despite errors

Students honor Dr. King

By: Sean McMahon ~Staff Writer~ 28 Xavier students joined hundreds of Cincinnati locals in the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition’s 39th annual Commemorative March to kickoff Xavier’s Martin Luther King Jr. Week. This week the Multicultural, Gender, and Women’s Center is sponsoring events commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and life. Hundreds of Cincinnatians met outside the Freedom Center to listen to several community leaders share their thoughts about King, including Xavier’s Rabbi Abie Ingber and Waleed El-Ansary of the theology department. “We bring students here so they can get a feel for what it was like back then, … Continue reading Students honor Dr. King