Centenary College’s annual Dream Week is January 17-21

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College students, faculty, and staff will celebrate the legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the College’s 2022 Dream Week. The 2022 Dream Week theme is “Awareness of the Past, Present, and Future.”

Beginning with the annual MLK Service Day on Monday, January 17, the week continues with a schedule of educational and cultural events. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dream Week 2022 events are open only to Centenary community members, although several events will be available via Zoom. Centenary students can earn Passport Points at several events. The full schedule is available below and at centenary.edu/dreamweek.


Monday, January 17

Annual MLK Service Day

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Registration – The Fit

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Service Events

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Reception and Celebration – The Shell

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the annual MLK Service Day. Due to the current COVID situation in our community, all service projects will take place on campus. More information is available at centenary.edu/dreamweek.

50 Passport Points are available for Centenary students participating in MLK Service Day.


Tuesday, January 18

Chapel Service – “Don’t Wake Up From This Dream!”

11:15 a.m. -  Brown Chapel

Minister Lenard Adams ‘13

50 Passport Points available


MLK Convocation - “The Condition of Affairs in Georgia: How Reconstruction Era Georgia Informs the Debate Over Voting Rights Today”

6:00 p.m. – Whited Room (Zoom broadcast) or Join on Zoom

Dr. Alicia Jackson, with a Q&A facilitated by Dr. Jama Grove

Sponsored by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture

Centenary alumna and Associate Professor of History at Covenant College, Dr. Alicia Jackson, will discuss her new book, The Recovered Life of Isaac Anderson, which reconstructs the lost history of a man born enslaved by his father who became a religious and community leader in the South.  A micro-history, Anderson's biography traces strategies used by Black southerners to challenge growing restrictions of their rights during the Reconstruction Era through the early twentieth century. Known as the nadir of race relations, Anderson’s story and those of the countless other Black leaders “lost” to history represents Black resistance as Jim Crow legislation was becoming synonymous with the region.

75 Passport Points available.


Wednesday, January 19

Mental Health in the African-American Community

7:00 p.m. – In person in the Whited Room or Join on Zoom

Brittney Ball

Join Shreveport-Bossier counselor, Brittney Ball, in person in the Whited Room or via Zoom to discuss the stigma about mental health in the African-American community and ways to overcome it. This talk will cover why mental health is as important as physical health and give some tips on ways to incorporate self-care into daily living to improve mental health overall.

50 Passport Points available.


Thursday, January 20

Student Research Workshop with Dr. Alicia Jackson

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Whited Room (Zoom broadcast) or Join on Zoom

Dr. Alicia Jackson will conduct a workshop with students to discuss the techniques she used to recover the achievements of Isaac Anderson and Black political participation in Georgia during Reconstruction. Students are encouraged to come hear Jackson discuss the challenges she faced and the research techniques she used to recover African-American histories that were deliberately erased.

50 Passport Points are available.


Allyship--Honoring the spirit of Dr. King’s work and legacy

6:00 p.m. - In person in the Whited Room or Join on Zoom
Outdoor reception immediately following the presentation

Speaker: Dr. Latoya Pierce
Introductory remarks: Dr. Christopher Holoman

This presentation will focus on Dr. King’s thoughts on allies, the need for allyship, and how allies contribute in the important landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion work. The talk will also highlight the important tasks associated with allyship, and a framework for cultural humility.

Dr. Latoya Pierce serves as Centenary’s Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer.

50 Passport Points are available.

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