King legacy celebrated

Teach In

Upper Iowa University students (l-r) Logan Dahnert, Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Tim Brackett, Denver, Colo., and Jamison Taylor of Fayette, Iowa, participate in a sit-in demonstration as part of the University’s annual Teach-In program Monday, Jan. 18. In honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., the day-long event featured five presentations dedicated to examining past and ongoing social justice issues.

FAYETTE, Iowa (January 19, 2016) – A youth and mental health counselor from Chicago, Ill., joined Upper Iowa University faculty and students in leading the fifth annual Teach-In program on the Fayette campus Monday. In honor of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. the annual UIU Teach-In presentations are dedicated to examining past and ongoing social justice issues.

In addition to serving as a youth counselor for Chicago’s “Becoming a Man” program, Antonio Thomas is a mental health counselor for Chicago Children’s Center for Behavioral Health. Prior to his presentation, “Blurred Lines: It’s More Than a Job,” Thomas noted, “My overall message is two parted. One, all kids, including at risk, just want positive relationships. Two, it takes more than a 9-to-5 job to heal a hurting community.” 

Later, S. Mackenzie Glander-Dolo, Ph.D., UIU assistant professor of psychology, shared a brief history of peaceful demonstrations and King’s influence on speaking out on social injustice in a non-violent manner.

“Learning the nature of protest is a skill of responsible citizens. Peaceful protests introduced by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr are a healthy way to socially express anger and frustration about a system or institution,” said Glander-Dolo, who later had those in attendance participate in a sit-in demonstration.

The remaining Teach-In topics led by UIU faculty and students included “A People’s History of the Civil Rights Movement,” “Martin’s Big Words,” “Garbage Wars: Environmental Justice & Environmental Racism,” and “Moral Courage.”

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit

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