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African Heritage Emerging Student Leaders Institute

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (All day) - Friday, February 14, 2020 (All day)
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Although ESTHER has no direct involvement with this event, we are pleased to publicize it because of its place in the Fox Cities’ Black History Month program.

The African Heritage Emerging Student Leaders Institute (AHESLI) was created in 2015 by Dr. Bola Delano-Oriaran as a response to the needs of Black/African American students in Northeast Wisconsin. It is a leadership opportunity for Black high school, college students, and K-12 school staff. AHESLI promotes higher education, career exploration, and job opportunities for students.

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Diversity Discovery Free Day - Building for Kids

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Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Building for Kids Children's Museum, 100 E College Ave, Appleton

Diversity Discovery Free Day - Building for KidsCome explore what makes our community unique! We will have local diversity non-profits and community groups with hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free all day. A Black History Month Event.

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Supported by:
IndUS of Fox Valley

Horizons: A Black History Month Event

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Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E College Ave, Appleton

Horizons Black History Month Appleton BoychoirAlthough ESTHER has no direct involvement with this event, we are pleased to publicize it because of its place in the Fox Cities’ Black History Month program.

The Appleton Boychoir presents a powerful and moving musical tribute to freedom in this unique Black History Month Concert. Featuring the music of South Africa, the boys will perform works by Rudolf de Beer, Anders Nyberg, and John Williams. The concert documents the story of the San people of the Western Cape Region, who first welcomed the Dutch and English sailors to their shoes. The musical journey begins with the arrival of these ships from over the horizon, and continues to La Amistad and the quest for freedom of the Mende.… Dry Your Tears Afrika!

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Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Fox Cities

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Monday, January 20, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 510 E College Ave, Appleton

Fox Cities 29th Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CelebrationPlan to Attend the Fox Cities’s 29th celebration of Dr. King!

Special highlights:

  • Dr. Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at The University of Iowa will provide the keynote, “Restoring the Radical King.”
  • Worldwide noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, will provide musical inspiration for the evening through a generous donation from Cory Chisel and The Refuge in Appleton.
  • Community awards and essay contest finalists
  • Reception to follow

Free and open to the public. Sign-language interpreter provided.

Sponsored by African Heritage, Inc., and Lawrence University.

2nd Annual Martin Luther King ‘I Have a Dream’ Diversity Awards

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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 901 N Mason St, Appleton

Header images from MLK Leadership Awards Poster

2nd Annual Martin Luther King
‘I Have a Dream’ Diversity

Building a Nation Where “We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lawrence University Warch Campus Center (Somerset Room), 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

A Presentation by
Mark Charles

Building A Nation Where
“We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

head and shoulders shot of Mark Charles outdoorsMark Charles is a speaker, writer and consultant. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American History regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation.

Charles is noted for his activism in denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery and opposing the Dakota pipeline. In May of 2019 Charles announced that he is running for President of the United States as an independent in the 2020 election.*

In addition to this event, Mark will be preaching at First Congregational UCC of Appleton on October 20 at the 8:45 and 10:30 am services.

No Charge. All Are Welcome

Learn more:
920-843-8083 – email:


Co-sponsored by Lawrence University’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life,
Lawrence University Native Association (LUNA), Lawrence Christian Fellowship (LCF), ESTHER and First Congregational UCC of Appleton

*This is a non-political visit and does not constitute an endorsement of his candidacy for the presidential election.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

They Call Us Illegals: Experience Our Lives in Virtual Reality and Documentary Film

Los Sueños de Anita
Los Sueños de Anita ThumbnailImmerse yourself into the lives of two undocmented parents as they raise their young daughter, Anita, and face struggles much too familiar to the community. (virtual reality)
The VR experience runs about 9 minutes and will be available for viewing between 3pm-4:15pm and again between 7pm-8pm.
The Unafraid
The Illegals thumbnailFollow the lives of three DACA students in Georgia as they take on activism in a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. (documentary film)
Screening will begin at 4:30 with a discussion afterward.

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Brought to you by LU Film Studies Program, LU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LU Diversity and Intercultural Center, the Appleton Dignity & Respect Campaign, and ESTHER.


Migrant Child Detention: Two Women Share Their Story

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Copper Rock Coffee Co, 210 W College Ave, Appleton

You are Invited
To a Compelling
Program on
Migrant Child

Protest at an internment
camp in Tornillo, Texas. Two
Women share their story

Sponsored by the League of
Women Voters of Appleton

Program will begin promptly at 5:30pm


Juneteenth 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
City Park, 500 E Franklin St, Appleton

Celebrating Freedom, Unity and Community!

ESTHER is proud to be part of another Juneteenth program, brought to you by African Heritage, Inc. Visit the Wakanda Marketplace and and enjoy music, dancing, food, parade, exhibits, and much more! Be sure to visit the ESTHER booth when you come.

Free Admission. Perfect for All Ages.

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Moving Past Hate

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reeve Union Ballroom, UW Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Moving Past Hate Banner Image“The Gift of Our Wounds” authors Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a Sikh, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, share a message of forgiveness and compassion while addressing a host of social issues, including violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, Holocaust remembrance and genocide prevention.

The co-authors are also co-founders of Serve2Unite. They will speak about how to understand incidents of hate and how to intervene when encountering hateful acts or incidents. Kaleka, who lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5th, 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, and Michaelis, a former white supremacist who helped to start a gang back in the late 1980s that produced the August 5th shooter, founded Serve2Unite in 2013 to share their message of forgiveness after hate.

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