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MCC to honor all cultures at 27th Peace & Dignity Ceremony


Native American dancers are part of the Peace & Dignity Day ceremony.
Native American dancers are part of the Peace & Dignity Day ceremony.

Mott Community College will honor all cultures at its 27th annual Peace & Dignity Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. on the main campus in Flint. The ceremony, designed to promote cultural and racial harmony, is co-sponsored by the Foundation for Mott Community College (FMCC) and the Office of Academic Affairs.

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 27th Anniversary year of the Peace & Dignity Ceremony is part of MCC’s commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, not only for the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, but also for the multi-cultural diversity of our community,” said Lennetta Coney, president of the FMCC.

The annual ceremony is MCC's signature event commemorating Native Peoples and Hispanic Heritage Month. 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:
• Anoopa Todd (Member of MCC Alumni Board Association) will represent East/Yellow
• Shelly Sparks (Executive Director of Flint Development Center) will represent South/Black
• Theresa Chingwa (Cultural Services Specialist for Education Dept./Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians) will represent West/Red
• Joseph Schipani (Director of Flint Public Art Project) will represent North/White
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.


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.

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October 10, 2019
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