Wilson College Celebrates MLK Day 2024 with Inspiring Speaker


CHAMBERSBURG- This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Wilson College invites the community to join a powerful presentation on “Centering Love, Healing, and Liberation in Our Social Justice Work.” The event, featuring interdisciplinary researcher and a scholar-practitioner Durryle Brooks, Ph.D., will take place on Monday, January 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall at Wilson College. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Brooks will delve into Dr. Martin Luther King’s notion of a “love that does justice,” exploring how this concept can fuel and guide our movement building and social justice efforts. His talk will challenge us to reimagine the role of love in dismantling systems of oppression based on collective healing and prioritizing our overall well-being.

Dr. Brooks has a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Religious Studies, an M.A. in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and School Improvement from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a concentration in Social Justice Education. His work centers on dismantling systems of oppression through critical examination of power, privilege, and everyday experiences. He has spent the last 15 years examining complex social issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, religious oppression, and various other forms of social oppression and their impact on historically marginalized populations, thus making him uniquely qualified to nationally train leaders to make a difference effectively and authentically.

Wilson College is committed to fostering inclusive dialogue and empowering individuals to be agents of positive change. This MLK Day event is an opportunity to deepen our understanding of Dr. King’s legacy and explore how love and healing can become powerful tools for building a more just and equitable world.

Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 32 majors and 40 minors in high-demand and innovative fields including education, nursing, equine studies, veterinary nursing, and sport management, as well as graduate degrees in education, fine arts, the humanities, nursing, and organizational leadership. With degree programs of study available in person and online, the College is committed to making higher education accessible and affordable for today’s students. Visit wilson.edu for more information. 

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