Continuing a school tradition begun in the 1970s, Loomis Chaffee celebrated MLK Week 2018 over the past week with a series of events on campus honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
The programming kicked off on Saturday, January 13, with an all-school convocation presentation of The Defamation Experience. The presentation included a live performance of the courtroom drama Defamation by Todd Logan, which explores issues of race, religion, gender, and class with the audience serving as the jury in the case. Through deliberations and discussion with the cast after the show, audiences are challenged to engage in civil discourse and confront pre-conceived notions. The Loomis audience responded with thoughtful dialogue and, afterwards, met in small groups to discuss the experience with faculty advisors and each other.
A community assembly honoring Dr. King was presented in the Olcott Center on Monday, January 15, featuring powerful and inspiring performances of music, dance, and spoken word by students and faculty.
PRISM (People Rising in Support of Multiculturalism) and students involved in Loomis' Sustainable Agriculture Program hosted a Hot Topics Discussion, "To Your Health: Food Justice and Racial Considerations," on Tuesday evening, January 16. All Loomis community members were invited to participate. The event was well-attended and students joined in an active dialogue, according to Gratia Lee, director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program.
On Friday January 19, a Spoken Word Café rounded out the MLK Week activities with an evening of talented student and guest performances in the SNIF (Nee Room.) The event, co-sponsored by Loomis' Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Student Activities, also included a segment called "Ask a Person of Color," led by seniors Chelsea Offiaeli and Amaiya Parker.