MCC to celebrate cultural harmony with Peace and Dignity Ceremony

FLINT — A Celebration of People of the Four Colors will be held Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. on the Mott Community College (MCC) main campus in Flint. The ceremony, designed to promote cultural and racial harmony, is sponsored by the MCC Office of Professional Development and Experiential Learning.

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 is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate not only the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, but also the multi-cultural diversity of our community,” said Debra Gibes, Faculty Director of Professional Development/ Experiential Learning at MCC.

Wayne Wilson will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Peace and Dignity Ceremony, MCC’s signature event commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. Wayne Wilson is a member of the Folded Arms Clan (Bitahnii Ni Shli), Navajo Nation, and former MCC student.

He is one of the students who initiated the Peace and Dignity ceremony at Mott as a celebration of the preeminence of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. 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 (a reading, prayer) 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.

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