Embrace the Dream Team

Hawk Owl Helper logoEmbrace the Dream graphicThanks to the Embrace the Dream team for their excellent work creating a program of events that aligns with the new DEI area of NMC’s strategic plan and celebrates Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month: Amanda Clark, Amy Pflughoeft, Brandon Everest, Jason Dake, Jeff Cobb, Jeremy Heinlein, Lisa Thomas, Lori Hodek, Meg Young, Sally Smarsty andTony Jenkins.

For a full list of activities, including dates, times and locations that you can copy directly to your Google calendar, check out the Embrace the Dream calendar. 

‘MLK: A Musical Celebration’ Jan. 17

MLK: A Musical Celebration posterBuilding Bridges with Music presents ‘MLK: A Musical Celebration’ Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., featuring the Motown Legends Gospel Choir, a thirteen-piece vocal ensemble with original members of The Miracles and The Contours and special guest saxophonist Laurie Sears performing spirituals, civil rights era songs and some Motown hits. Also featured are the NMC Children’s Choir Cantus and the NMC Chamber Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Cobb, Joe Wilson on dobro and Kevin Larose on tuba.

The City Opera House event is sold out, but a free simulcast will be held at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium and a free livestream will be available here.

Per NMC campus policy, safety measures at the Milliken Auditorium include masking for all attendees, as well as following any state-mandated guidelines.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.

Read Aloud at the NMC Library Feb. 2

Read aloud graphicBring your grade school children/grandchildren, grades K-6, and join us for story time at the NMC Library on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 5–6 p.m. This event will include story reading and craft time for children hosted by NMC students and staff.

Pre-registration is suggested but not required. To pre-register, head to the Student Activities Calendar!

All children who attend will receive a free copy of the book being read, either What If… by Samantha Berger or Stuntboy by Jason Reynolds.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.


Hear Spoken Word Poet Jae Nichelle Jan. 25

Spoken Word Poet Jae NichelleYou will not want to miss this free event for all students!

Join us for an engaging performance by Jae Nichelle, a spoken word poet. Nichelle is an award-winning performer, and in her spare time writes articles about linguistic and mental health issues that plague the Black community.

There are two opportunities to join online! Check the Student Activities Calendar for the links.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.

Announcing “Embrace The Dream”

Embrace the Dream graphicAn NMC Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., most famous for his leadership during the civil rights movement and his “I have a dream” speech,” once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” In honor of King’s legacy, NMC will observe its first campus-wide commemorative event, Embrace the Dream, from January 17 through February 14, 2022. NMC faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in these learning activities and volunteer opportunities.

Check out the Embrace the Dream page and Google Calendar and add these activities to your own calendar, including new volunteer activities each week! Please use these opportunities to connect, discuss, reflect, and engage with our community to make a difference in the lives of our underrepresented populations as part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment and our NMC strategic direction. We hope these activities will provide opportunities to learn and share new perspectives with our students, faculty, staff and community members.

We look forward to this important event and to sharing the stories of what we learn and accomplish together along the way. How will you “Embrace the Dream”?