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Martin Luther King Jr.

View resources and events for Martin Luther King Day 2022

The DEI Division has put together a collection of resources and local events listings for MLK Day.

New in 2021!  The Office of University Mission and Identity and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are pleased to announce our first annual Afternoon of Reflection for faculty and staff in honor of Juneteenth. For more information and to register, click here:


The following are a few curated materials we have collected as starting points to guide your own reflections on Juneteenth: 


On the history of Juneteenth: 


On whiteness in a racialized society: 

  • LISTEN -- Seeing White -- this series is Season 2 of the popular podcast "Scene on Radio." It features a series of conversations about our society's construction and understanding of whiteness as a racial category. Choose one and dig in. 
  • WATCH -- "Why are White People So Bad at Talking About Race?" (6:29) -- a brief interview with Robin DiAngelo, author of the book White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism. 
  • READ -- Peggy Macintosh, "Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," 1988 -- a classic text for teaching about privilege. Short reflection about making visible the privileges white skin can confer in a racialized society. 
  • REFLECT -- An Examen for White Allies -- this reflection draws upon the Ignatian custom of praying the daily Examen to draw aspiring white allies into deeper consideration of their role in racial justice. Published June 3 by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. 


Voices and narratives about the experience of racism:  

  • LISTEN -- Come Through with Rebecca Carroll - this podcast series from WNYC features "15 essential conversations on race." Consider particularly Episode 8, "Call it a Lynching," which features Elie Mystal speaking about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery this past February. 
  • READ -- Walking While Black -- by Garnette Cadogan. Literary Hub, 2016. A powerful personal essay about daily life in a city as a Black man. 
  • REFLECT -- Kyla Lacey reads her poem "White Privilege" (3:46) -- powerful spoken-word performance (content warning: strong language)   


(Some of) our faith traditions on racial justice: 


On celebration and joy: 


Films on Kanopy:

All JCU community members have access to the Kanopy streaming digital movie library through Grasselli Library. You can log on and create an account at

When you log on, you will see that there are several films addressing racism in America featured on Kanopy's home page at the moment. A few you might consider: 


Cleveland's Juneteenth Freedom Fest:  

  • Karamu House, along with Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Ingenuity Cleveland and other supporters have collaborated to introduce Cleveland’s first Juneteenth Freedom Fest. The group’s aim is to educate, celebrate, and activate participants around the history of African American culture. Read more here: 


Other local events: 

March 26, 2021 - National Day of Action and Healing #StopAsianHate - learn how to support and take action here.



Documentaries & Videos


  • Self Evident: Self Evident is where we tell Asian America’s stories to explore what it really means to claim America today. Each episode presents an in-depth story or conversation from specific communities within the Asian diasporas in America.
  • Moonface: A fiction show about a Korean American son (Joel Kim Booster) who wants to come out to his mom (Esther Moon), but can't because they don't speak the same language.



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Recent articles from our DEI division staff:

University statements and other materials: 

Prayer and Reflection:


News articles: 


Are you trying to figure out good ways to start the conversation about race and racial justice with people in your life? If this is the first time you have had these conversations, the following resources might help:   


Looking for a book to read to learn more? We've got you covered: 


Podcasts recommended by our community members:



Looking for more? The following resource guides include many films, books, articles and more: 

We have collaborated with the Staff Council Working Parents & Guardians ERG to compile the following resources for children: 

For those processing trauma, grief, or fear because of what is happening in the world, we see you and we support you. Please take advantage of available resources: 

  • Staff Council's Employee Resource Groups provide a place for staff (and in some cases, faculty as well) to come together in a safe and supportive environment with others. Contact ERG leaders to find out more about their work. 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): All employees of JCU (full and part-time) are eligible for support services (counseling, legal assistance, resources, referrals and more) through our EAP, Impact Solutions. Most services are available at no charge to the employee. JCU's company code is jcueap. 
  • University Counseling Center: Provides support services to students during the academic year. For referrals to other services during the summer months, see additional links on their website. 
  • Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion: Our CSDI staff is available to help students access resources, support services, peer connections, and educational opportunities throughout the year. 
  • Campus Ministry: John Carroll’s Campus Ministry department is available to offer spiritual support and reflection to those of all faiths and no faith. Stay in the loop by signing up for the daily Speedbumps and Campus Ministry e-bulletin
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