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Clark College Revisits 1968

MLK events on history and culture

1/11/2018, 12:04 p.m.
Clark College in Vancouver will honor the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with two ...
Khalid el-Hakim and his Black History 101 Mobile Museum. The exhibit comes to Clark College in Vancouver on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Clark College in Vancouver will honor the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 with two free and open to the public events that focus on African-American history and art.

The activities were planned under the theme “1968” in reference to the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and how that year shaped American history and culture.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on exhibit in Gaiser Student Center on Clark’s main campus for the special day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Founded by Khalid el-Hakim, this is an award-winning collection of over 7,000 original artifacts. The selection on display will focus on the major events and personalities of 1968, including artifacts related to the 1968 Olympics, Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, the Black Panther Party, Shirley Chisholm, and numerous musical artists who were performing during that time. Supporting material from the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the Jim Crow era will provide additional historical context.

Additionally, there will be a multi-media presentation delivered by Professor Griff, one of the founding members of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, about how the events of the late 1960s helped shape that group’s art. Griff will speak at 1 p.m., also in Gaiser Student Center.

Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.