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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is Jan. 20-25

Brunch keynote speaker wrote book about Obama's 2008 campaign


The 2014 Ohio University annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will carry the theme, "OHIO's Legacy: Living the Dream" with much of the focus surrounding King's service and legacy. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend the events listed below:

Monday, Jan.20
14th annual MLK Jr. Silent March and Celebratory Brunch
Silent March ● Templeton-Blackburn Auditorium West Portico 10 a.m.
MLK Jr. Brunch ● Baker University Center Ballroom 11 a.m.

Fredrick Harris, Columbia University professor of political science and director of the Center on African-American Politics and Society, will serve as the keynote speaker at the annual MLK Jr. Brunch. His research interests are race and politics in America, political participation, social movements, religion, political development and African-American politics. His most recent books are "The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and the Rise and Fall of Black Politics" (2012) and "Beyond Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in a Post-Racist Era" (2013).

He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and is a recipient of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award at Columbia University. He has appeared as a guest on many national media outlets, including Good Morning America, National Public Radio, CNN and MSNBC.

The Silent March begins at 10 a.m. in front of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium's West Portico and will end at Baker University Center. The brunch will be held in the Baker University Center Ballroom at 11 a.m. Tickets for the brunch can be purchased at the Ohio University Multicultural Center located at 205 Baker University Center or by calling the office at 740-593-4027. Ticket prices are:

● $12 Students
● $15 General
● $80 Student table
● $110 General table

These are some other scheduled events:

Monday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 24
MLK Jr. Historical Display
Baker University Center Third Floor Atrium
The historical display will showcase photographs, newspapers, articles, and recordings from the University's history. These materials demonstrate how students of color were viewed and who visited campus during the civil rights movement to inspire the students to demand social justice. Students will have a chance to share their thoughts, feelings and future dreams for social change and equality. Sponsors include the Ohio University Alumni Association, Ohio University Libraries and the Athens Ohio Historical Society. The display will have a special viewing at the Jan. 20 MLK Jr. Brunch on the fourth floor of the Baker University Center.

Tuesday, Jan.21
'Gideon's Army' Documentary Viewing and Discussion
Athena Cinema ● 7 p.m.
The "Gideon's Army" documentary follows the personal stories of young public defenders who are idealistic lawyers in the Deep South. The group challenges the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Nearly 50 years after the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright established the right to counsel, these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality. Athens public defender Herman Carson will host an open discussion after the movie.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
MLK Jr. Interactive Workshop
Walter Hall Rotunda ● 6 p.m.
The interactive workshop will be facilitated by Thomas Costello, an Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor. During the event, he will examine Martin Luther King's speech "Where Do We Go from Here." The discussion will focus on what lessons were learned from the speech and how to implement them. Participants will develop action items to be implemented during the year and create a mechanism to report back on their progress.

Thursday, Jan. 23
Social-Justice Themed Open Mic Night
Casa Nueva ● 6-8 p.m.
Donkey Coffee and Espresso Café ● 8 p.m.
This arts showcase will allow students and community members to creatively express their depictions of social justice issues. Local poets, musicians, dancers, visual artists and other artists are scheduled to perform social-justice themed work. The event is free and open to the public. If the event is not over by 8 p.m., the remaining scheduled acts in the showcase will perform at the Donkey Coffee and Espresso Café at 17 1/2 W. Washington St. in Athens.

Friday, Jan. 24
It Takes a Village Interactive Workshop by STARS
East Elementary School ● All Day  
This annual event is an educational program hosted by Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) that educates local elementary school students about Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, diversity awareness, sexism, inequality and classism. This year's event will take place at East Elementary School in Athens, Ohio.

Saturday, Jan. 25
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: Last Chance Corral, United Campus Ministry, Good Works, City of Athens, Friends & Neighbors Pantry and the Southeast Ohio Regional Food Bank. Transportation will be provided. To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/OUMLK14. For more information, contact the Campus Involvement Center at 740-593-4025 or visit http://www.ohio.edu/involvement/.

For more information about the MLK Jr. Week celebration, visit the Diversity and Inclusion MLK Jr. celebration website or contact Stephanie Sanders, assistant director in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at sanders1@ohio.edu or 740-593-0006.