2022 Day of Civility
The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility will celebrate the county’s fourth annual Day of Civility on Thursday, April 7. The Allegany County chapter of Choose Civility was initiated by the Allegany County Library System, the Women’s Action Coalition of Greater Allegany County, and the 2018 class of Leadership Allegany. Choose Civility: Allegany County is a community-wide initiative to position the county as a model of civility by promoting civil conversations and kindness toward others.
The Day of Civility Schedule:
Food for Fines
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Food for Fines
Allegany County Library System – All Libraries (LaVale closed for renovation)
On Thursday, April 7th, all branches of the library will accept non-perishable food donations in exchange for library fines. Each donated item will reduce the patron’s library fines by $1.00, up to a maximum of $15.00 per person. Food donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.
Ladder of Prejudice —> Bridge to Civility
April 6 and 7, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Allegany College of Maryland Student Center
An interactive display in the ACM College Center facilitated by Academic Development and hosted by the ACM Peace Club, Student Government Association, Human Service Club, and NAACP Club. Participate in a silent dialogue that explores acts of prejudice. Offer words of encouragement and support to others.
Chalk It Up to Civility: A Community Collaboration
April 7, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Allegany County Library System
People of all ages are welcome to do some “chalking!” Draw and write inspiring messages, words of encouragement and kindness in the designated areas at the library or take your chalk home to create an inspiring message for your family and neighbors! Take a photo of your chalk drawing and share it with us using the hashtag, #ChalkItUpToCivility.
The goal of Chalk It Up to Civility is to provide an opportunity for a collaborative community conversation in spite of difference, develop consensus in the place of division, and create connectedness in our community.
Social Media Civility: Influencing Community and Strategy Online and on the Ground
April 7, 6:00 PM
FSU Lane Center, Atkinson Room and Online
Diverse perspectives on how to contribute to constructive and responsive communication that connects and moves people across channels, modalities, and purposes. Features Leader-In Residence and Panelists who lead local communication campaigns: Dr. Dorene Ciletti, Mandela Echefu, Ian Robinson, Ashley Swinford, and Ashli Workman.
Higher Education: a Bridge or a Barrier for the Working Class?
April 7, 8:00 PM
A Braver Angels “We the People Forum. Allegany College of Maryland students present their experiences about the challenges and opportunities of higher education. To be followed by a Q&A and participant perspectives on the issue. Featuring Annette Ritter, Romello Davis, and Nikita Hall.
Other events/happenings in April
What did you Meme? A Discussion about avoiding misinformation
April 5 at 2 PM
FSU, Gira CCIT 161
This discussion on media literacy will feature examples of logical fallacies in memes and how misinformation spreads in online space. Facilitated by FSU Department of Communication’s Communication Leadership Lap and the Argumentation & Advocacy class.
Chalk It Up with the Easter Bunny in Downtown Cumberland
April 16 at 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Baltimore Street, Downtown Cumberland
Use sidewalk chalk to create messages and works of art to express shared positive values!
10:30 – Presentation at McCoury Family Stage, includes remarks from Cumberland Mayor Ray Morris and a poem written and read by City Councilman Eugene Frazier.