This free event is encouraged but not mandated. If you attend, you may write a blog post about the event (keeping in mind to connect to our reading, discussions, etc.) for extra credit.
In 1930 two black teens, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were lynched on the grounds of the Grant County Courthouse in Marion, Ind. in the last recorded lynching in a northern state. When the KKK would not allow anyone in Grant County to remove their bodies, courageous members of Shaffer Chapel infiltrated Marion, retrieved the boys and brought them back to the chapel to ensure a proper burial. ( http://fox59.com/2013/08/25/muncie-church-that-stood-against-kkk-needs-help-standing/#axzz2rtaiUrAA )
Remembering our past and continuing our work toward reconciliation remains important and relevant today. At Ball State we seek a welcoming community that embraces diversity and rejects racism in all its forms, such as a racially charged drawing that appeared on a digital board on campus days before the Martin Luther King holiday.
Students are invited to join us for a tour of Shaffer Chapel located at 1501 East Highland Avenue. The trolley will depart the BSU Multicultural Center at 2:30 p.m., and the tour, directed by Dr. George Wolfe, will begin at 3:00 p.m. A panel presentation facilitated by student, faculty, and community members will take place immediately following the tour. Please contact the Multicultural Center at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-285-1344 to register for the tour by February 17th.
2: 30 Bus departs for Shaffer Chapel from the Multicultural Center
3:00 Tour of Shaffer Chapel, narrated by Dr. George Wolfe
3:15 Panel presentation at Shaffer Chapel: The history of Shaffer Chapel and its Relevance Today. Panel presenters: Beth Messner, Jay Zimmerman, Cameron Ridle, and Pastor Christopher Randolph.
As an alternative, you may attend and blog about this on campus event:
Tribute to Nelson Mandela: Reconciliation and the History of Shaffer Chapel
Tuesday, February 25, 7-9 p.m.
L.A. Pittenger Student Center Ballroom
Mandela + Muncie + Marion = Reconciliation, featuring Drs. Tony Naidoo from University of Stellenbosch, and Sophie Moagi, University of Botswana, and partners from the Muncie and Marion communities. A copy of the agenda can be found on the Office of Institutional Diversity website.
Free and open to the public.