Photo Courtesy of Isabella Ordaz Two Pepperdine students who said they are passionate about the idea of fostering community have started the Beloved Community Initiative, a plan to bring Pepperdine students together and create community. Sophomore Isabella Ordaz and senior Omari Allen said they have a passion for the school and its community and plan to start the Beloved … [Read more...] about Students Start Beloved Community Initiative
Martin Luther King Jr.
Art by Peau PorotesanoHumanity has a habit of searching for heroes. That's not inherently bad — it's actually important for cultural and societal bonding. In particular, being inspired by or admiring historical figures not only helps people appreciate their past, but can motivate people to move toward their future. What is a problem, however, is many people's tendency to … [Read more...] about Historical Figures Were Human, Too
Art by Peau PorotesanoThe Convocation office delivered MLK Jr. a late birthday gift last Tuesday, Jan. 19 in the form of the first ever “Cultural Competency Table Talk.” During this two-hour discussion between two professors, one pastor and one student, a full Waves Cafe sat in engaged silence. And while the table talk offered excellent advice and a foundational … [Read more...] about This is What Black History Month Could Mean for Us
Multimedia Content by Alexander Hayes “God surprises us,” said John Skelly, a 1956 alumnus of George Pepperdine College. The moments that catch us off guard, whether it be for better or for worse, are often the ones that we remember sharpest. John joined 25,000 protesters on March 25, 1965, the final day of the historic voting rights march from Selma to … [Read more...] about 50 Years Since Selma: The Dream Marches On
Continue reading along with John: I was the president of the Oxnard-Port Hueneme Ministerial Association at the time of King’s invitation. My close advisors cautioned me about my participation. My best colleague and friend, the Chief of Police, had memos from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover stating that Martin Luther King had communist leanings. The input I … [Read more...] about ‘Today, I am a Negro’ – Part II: Trust in the King