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University to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with variety of events


The 2013 Ohio University's annual Martin Luther King celebration will carry the theme, " Media Motivated Movements: King's Beloved Community 2.0" and focus on King's service and legacy in the Athens community.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend the events listed below:

Saturday, Jan.19
MLK, Jr. Day of Service
The MLK Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for campus and community participants to volunteer in service projects throughout Athens County. Service projects include:

*Habitat for Humanity Women's Build ● 2 Alexander Ave., Athens, Ohio
Up to 15 volunteers needed for home building
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

*The Southeast Ohio Food Bank ● 1005 C.I.C. Drive, Logan, Ohio
Up to 40 volunteers needed to fill food boxes
9 a.m. - noon

United Campus Ministry (UCM) ● 18 North College Street, Athens
Up to 10 volunteers needed to assist with Saturday lunch
11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

*Re-Store Habitat Store ● 4 South Plains Road, The Plains, Ohio
Up to 10 volunteers needed to clean/work in store
Noon - 3 p.m.

*Transportation provided

To sign up, visit the Campus Involvement Center website. Volunteers will meet outside the Campus Involvement Center (Baker Center 355) 30 minutes prior to service event. Volunteers will convene at Walter Hall room 135 at 3:30 p.m. to reflect on their day of service. Ohio University regional campus participation is welcomed. For more information, contact Jim Sand at sand@ohio.edu or 740-597-9968.

Monday, Jan.21
13th annual MLK Jr. Silent March and Celebratory Brunch
Silent March ● Galbreath Chapel 10 a.m.
MLK Jr. Brunch ● Baker University Center Ballroom 11 a.m.

Basheer Jones, president and CEO of the Basheer Jones Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual MLK Jr. Brunch. He has been interviewed by Time Magazine and opened for national leaders such as President Barack Obama and TV and radio personality Tavis Smiley.

An impassioned leader and public speaker with a message of empowerment and change, During the 2008 Presidential Election, Jones hosted Barack Obama rallies and held one of the largest youth voter registration efforts in city history alongside influential people like Cornel West, Lebron James, Hill Harper, Russell Simmons, and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jones later moved to Cleveland and graduated from Martin Luther King High School. He went on to graduate with high honors from Morehouse College where he majored in African American Studies. His life experiences have been the fuel behind his sincere words and his soul stirring delivery, as he speaks to the hearts of many with his poetry. For more information on Basheer Jones visit: www.thebasheerjonesfoundation.org/

The Silent March begins at 10 a.m. in front of Galbreath Chapel and will end at Baker University Center. The brunch will be held in the Baker University Center Ballroom at 11 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the Ohio University Multicultural Center located at 205 Baker University Center or by calling the office at 740-593-4027. These are the ticket prices for the brunch:
● $12 Students
● $15 General
● $80 Student table
● $110 General table

The MLK Jr. Silent March & Brunch is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Phi Chapter, Multicultural Programs, Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB), The Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio University MLK Jr. Celebration Committee and The Senate Appropriations Commission (SAC).

Here are some of the other scheduled events:

Tuesday, Jan.22
MLK, Jr. Speak Out: Forming Connections Moving to Action
Baker Center Ballroom A ● 6 p.m.
Campus and community leaders will guide an interactive discussion where participants discuss the life and work of MLK Jr. beyond the march. For more information, contact Tommy Raimondi at raimondi@ohio.edu or 740-593-0806.

Creative Arts as Activism: Celebrating MLK Jr.
Baker University Center Theatre ● 8 p.m.
Through dance, musical and spoken-word performances, participants from both the University and local community will showcase how pop culture impacts social movements. For more information contact Kellea Tibbs at tibbs@ohio.edu or 740-593-4300.

The events were coordinated by the 2012-13 MLK Jr. Celebration Committee, which includes Ohio University faculty, staff, and students as well as Athens community members.

The committee's primary goal is to coordinate university-sponsored events that address important issues such as social justice and racial equality during the holiday celebration.

This year, the committee is co-chaired by Robin Muhammad, chair of the Ohio University Department of African American Studies, and George Mauzy, communications specialist in University Communications and Marketing

For more information about the week's celebration, contact Stephanie Sanders at sanders1@ohio.edu or 740-593-0006.