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Peace and Dignity Ceremony Celebrates 25th Anniversary

10/03/2017

Peace & Dignity Ceremony 2016
Peace & Dignity Ceremony 2016
Peace & Dignity Ceremony
Peace & Dignity Ceremony

Uniting under the colors of Peace & Dignity in 2017

Mott Community College will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Peace & Dignity Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. on the main campus in Flint. The ceremony, designed to promote cultural and racial harmony, is sponsored by the MCC Office of Academic Affairs. This year’s theme is “Uniting Under the Colors of Peace & Dignity in 2017.”

The program, scheduled for 11 a.m., will be held outdoors (rain or shine) at the Peace and Dignity Tree on the lawn of the Mott Memorial Building, facing Court Street. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not necessary.

“This 25th Anniversary year of the Peace & Dignity Ceremony is part of MCC’s commitment to recognize and celebrate not only the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, but also the multi-cultural diversity of our community,” said Michelle Glenn, Interim Executive Dean of Planning, Research & Quality Initiatives.

Anthony L. Davis, Medicine Man/Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, will be the keynote speaker for the annual ceremony, MCC's signature event commemorating Native Peoples and Hispanic Heritage Month. Davis is the Cultural Resources Advisor for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Tribal Court. He previously served as Counselor and Cultural Advisor for American Indian Health & Family Services in Detroit.

Celia Perez-Booth, MCC Faculty member and Counselor, and Sixto Olivo, Foundation for Mott Community College Board member, will emcee the ceremony.

Directly descended from Native American rituals, the program features the People of the Four Colors ceremony, rededication of the Peace and Dignity Tree, ceremonial dancing and drumming. The People of the Four Colors ritual, honoring people of all colors (red, yellow, black and white), requires participation of four people, each representing a different color. Each individual will provide brief remarks and drape a prayer tie of the appropriate color around the Peace and Dignity Tree. Near the end of the ceremony, all participants will have an opportunity to make a prayer offering. Quiet and respectful attention throughout the ceremony is strongly encouraged.

This year’s invited community members representing the Four Directions are:
Yellow: Dr. Eva Fizette, retired Faculty Member of Mott Community College
Black: Sylvester Jones, City Administrator for the City of Flint
Red: David Solis, Former Legislative Assistant to Congressman Dale Kildee & Michigan Department of Education Coordinator of Hispanic Education
White: Kay Schwartz, Director of Library Services at the Flint Public Library

Attendees are asked to refrain from taking photographs or using cell phones during the smudging activity. As ceremonial drums are also considered sacred, attendees should ask permission before taking photographs of the drums and drummers.

The Peace & Dignity program is sponsored by the MCC Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, please call Debra Gibes at 810-410-1050 or email debra.gibes@mcc.edu.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: http://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php

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