MLK day activities will include speaker, screening of national events

International restorative justice practitioner Jasmin Elise’s story, Birmingham, Alabama, will be the star of Bethel College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on January 16.

Bethel’s observation of the party in honor of Dr. King will also include a special event the next day, January 17.

All activities take place at Memorial Hall, where current COVID protocols require the mask to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The story speaks at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 16. Starting at 2 p.m. on January 17, there will be a public screening of the Kellogg Foundation’s National Racial Healing Day event. Both are free and open to the public.

Sponsors of Bethel’s activities are the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), Bethel’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center and Bethel’s Office of Student Life.

Story first visited Bethel in March 2018, when they were panelists and workshop presenters for the first-ever state-wide restorative justice conference, hosted by KIPCOR on the Bethel campus.

Story returned to Bethel in 2019 to give a peace talk at KIPCOR, “From the Deep South to the World: What Social Justice Can Tell Us Today”.

Story is an international restorative justice (RJ) facilitator, trained doula and founder of The popular coalition and Azul Liberty Farm.

Named one of Vice‘s 31 women who make history by creating a better future, they are dedicated human rights activists with a decade of experience in the voluntary sector.

As the former Deputy Director of Social Justice and Racial Equity for the Birmingham Mayor’s Office, Story co-led the launch of the first Alabama State Government-backed project. Women’s initiative, a decentralized movement to interrupt cycles of evil plaguing women, children, trans and non-binary communities in Birmingham.

After earning a Masters in Human Rights from University College London, Story is currently working on a PhD as a third generation student at Tuskegee University (Alabama).

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for its academic excellence, Bethel ranks 15th in the Washington Monthly list of “Best colleges of license” and n ° 31 in American News and World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, both for 2021-22. Bethel was the only college or university in Kansas selected for the American Association of College & Universities’ 2021 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and was named the TRHT Campus Center. For more information see

Joseph K. Bennett