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The Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation

Theme – Storytelling: Connecting Our Stories

Monday, January 17, 2022


Overall Schedule


Convocation Schedule


Overall Schedule

11 a.m.–12 p.m. Storytelling Hour

  • Storytelling Workshop – Griot Joe Davis
    • Oren Gateway Center, Room 113
    • Workshop Title: “Writing can be a powerful tool to help process emotions, self express, and create the needed space to heal.”

Nationally touring poet, teaching artist, and community organizer Joe Davis will interweave writing and healing practices to invite participants to unapologetically speak their truth and claim their power. No need to identify as a writer or artist, all experience levels are welcomed as we collectively explore how to write ourselves into a new way of being and creatively catalyze the world we long to live in together.

  • Storytelling Workshop – Griot Atlese Robinson ’19
    • Oren Gateway Center, Room 114
    • Workshop Title: “The Social Hour”

Atlese Robinson is a writer, performer, director, producer, and the founding artistic director of Ambiance Theatre Company. “The Social Hour” is a one-hour interactive theater workshop integrating basic yoga, breath work, movement, vocal warm ups, community building activities, and journaling for a connected, all-ages experience. Not a performer? No problem. This workshop makes room for participants’ pace and comfortability. You never know what hidden talents may emerge during the session.

  • Storytelling Workshop – Griot Mary Taris ’04
    • Oren Gateway Center, Room 111
    • Workshop Title: “Storytelling in African American English”

Strive Publishing Founder Mary Taris will facilitate an exploration of African American English and the written word. This workshop will give context and validation to the use of African American English as an expression of culture, self-identity, and pride. Experience the joy of reading and writing stories and poetry that feel like home.

12–1 p.m. Lunch Break

  • Soul Food menu items available: Christensen Center, Dining Commons

1–2:30 p.m. Convocation (Virtual)

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Convocation Schedule

1–1:05 p.m. Rolling Art Gallery

1:05–1:15 p.m. Convocation Welcome

  • Welcome
    • Jasmine Epps-Flowers ’21, President of Augsburg Student Activities Council and Cameron Phillips ’21, Vice President of Augsburg Student Activities Council
  • Invocation
    • University Pastor Babette Chatman ’06
  • Remarks
    • University President Paul Pribbenow

1:15–1:30 p.m. Soloist and Choir Selections

  • Soloist: Jelicia “Jelly” Bell
    • “Black National Anthem”
  • Choir: Known (Director: Courtland Pickens)
    • “We Shall Overcome”
    • “Oh Freedom”

1:30–1:35 p.m. Dance Piece

  • Step Piece: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated (Director: Destyn Land ’19)

1:35–2:05 p.m. Keynote Address

  • Introduction
    • Ilhan Ahmed ’22, President of Pan-Afrikan Student Union
  • Keynote Speaker
    • Joe Davis
      • “More Than A Dream: A Call to Embody the Work of Justice”

2:05–2:10 p.m. Spoken Word Piece

  • Spoken Word Artist
    • Mallory Ferguson ’20
      • “Precision”

2:10–2:20 p.m. Choir Selections

  • Choir: Known (Director: Courtland Pickens)

2:20 p.m. Thank You and Sending Message

  • Thank You
    • Joanne K. Reeck, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
  • Sending Message
    • Fardosa Hassan ’12, Muslin Student Program Associate

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