NMC celebrates MLK, Black History Month with Embrace the Dream programming

TRAVERSE CITY— Northwestern Michigan College kicks off its 2023 Embrace the Dream programming, a series of events marking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, on January 16.

Planned events include the following. As events are added, visit nmc.edu/embrace-the-dream for the most complete schedule.

January 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day:)

  • Free admission to the Dennos Museum Center, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Building Bridges with Music presents “Remembering MLK,” a free concert, 7 p.m., City Opera House. NMC Canticum Novum choral group will perform along with other singers, dancers and spoken word artists.

January 18-Feb. 22: Disrupt & Dismantle film series, Dennos Museum Center Dutmers Theater. Free showings at 1 and 2:30 p.m. each Wednesday. From environmental racism to police brutality to the school-to-prison pipeline, host Soledad O'Brien explores inequalities Black communities face and the actions that need to be taken in order achieve lasting change in the U.S. Find out more and reserve seats online.

January 20, 7 p.m.: Dennos Museum Center opening reception for three new exhibitions that feature Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists and work that focuses on their experiences.

  • Teresa Dunn, a Mexican American artist and a professor of Drawing and Painting at Michigan State University. Her solo exhibition titled, Us, is a collection of her recent narrative painting series.
  • Vitality and Continuity: Art in the Experiences of Anishinaabe, Inuit, and Pueblo Women. The Dennos is the first museum in the state to host this exhibit.
  • A Rich History: African American Artists from the Muskegon Museum of Art. Features over 75 years of artistic excellence.

Guests of members and the public may attend, but will not receive complimentary drink tickets. Learn more: dennosmuseum.org/opening and RSVP your group.

February 3, 2 p.m.: “The Color of Care film” screening. Milliken Auditorium, The film chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions

February, ongoing: Food for the Soul events — African-American/Black NMC faculty/staff/students will create menus and work with NMC Dining Services to offer authentic soul food in the Hawk Owl Cafe. Menus posted weekly, nmc.edu/embrace-the-dream.

February 15, 7 p.m.: The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, Milliken Auditorium. On a barren stage with only a trunk of costumes, Leslie McCurdy thrills her audience with her passionate portrayal of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Free, sponsored by NMC Student Life.


Release Date: January 9, 2023

For More Information:

Diana Fairbanks
Associate Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019

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