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MLK Brunch

The annual MLK Jr. Brunch is always a popular event

Photo courtesy of: University Communications and Marketing

MLK Open Mic Kaitlin Wilson

Senior Kaitlin Wilson will serve as Open Mic master of ceremonies for the third consecutive year

Photographer: Kaitlin Owens

Silent March MLK

The annual MLK Jr. Silent March will take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 16

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University to host 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January

Poster contest deadline extended; performers needed for Open Mic event


Ohio University will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout January. The 2017 celebration carries the theme, “A Matter of Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration,” and is coordinated by the University's MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee. The week is primarily sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. To print out a flier for the events, click here. To tweet about the events, use #MLKatOHIO.

These are the MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee’s scheduled events:

Monday, Jan. 9-28

MLK School Supply Drive ● Athens Campus

This event will collect supplies for elementary school children from Alexander, Coolville, The Plains and Trimble. Drop-off boxes will be distributed on Jan. 9 around the Athens Campus and local community. Supplies will be collected through Jan. 27. The donated supplies will be packaged and prepared for distribution on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

MLK Poster Contest Materials Due ● Athens Campus

This MLK Poster Contest event is open to local middle-school, high-school and college students. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and can be submitted to African American Studies located at 31 S. Court St., room 122 or at the Ohio University Multicultural Center in Baker University Center 205. Prizes will be given to all of the winners. Click here for the rules of the contest.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Prophetic Faith in the Age of Black Lives Matter ● Multicultural Center ● Baker University Center ● 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event will focus on how individuals and faith communities can work together across their religious differences. The keynote speaker is Franklin County (Ohio) Judge and Pastor Terri B. Jamison. She will discuss the complicated relationship between faith and justice. She previously worked in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office before starting her own law practice. The domestic relations judge sold her successful insurance business to become an attorney. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 16

Silent March ● Galbreath Chapel ● 10:30 a.m.

The Silent March will begin in front of Galbreath Memorial Chapel and end at the fourth-floor entrance of Baker University Center. Everyone is invited to participate. This event is hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 

MLK Jr. Celebratory Brunch ● Baker University Center Ballroom ● 11 a.m.

The annual brunch will feature Baltimore, Maryland’s Singing Sensations Youth Choir. The choir is made up of students, ages 5-18, exposing them to other people, cultures and musical experiences. The Brunch is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Between Love and Hate Theme.

Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey is the choir’s founder and director. She is a vocal music instructor in the Baltimore City School System who has worked more than 25 years in the field of education, eight of them as a principal, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of education and music. She will address the audience throughout the choir's performance. The brunch will also feature dance and poetry performances and remarks by President Roderick J. McDavis and several students. Contact the Ohio University Multicultural Center at 740-593-4027 for more information.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Teach-In: The Creative Arts as a Tool for Engagement ● Baker University Center Front Room ● Noon-2 p.m.

This panel discussion will explore how people use can use their creativity to encourage and promote social change. Ohio University staff member Chris Caldwell will serve as the moderator. The panel includes: Professors Travis Gatling and Akil Houston and students Tony Haynes, Tyrin Rome and Kaitlin Wilson. This event is co-sponsored by the Between Love and Hate Theme.

You Said What?: Responding Thoughtfully to Oppressive Comments and Attitudes ● First United Methodist Church ● 6-8 p.m.

During this workshop, participants will discuss different ways people can effectively respond to oppressive comments made to them or others. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio University Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors’ Meet and Greet ● Baker University Center Theatre ● 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors will make a presentation about their backgrounds before taking questions from the audience.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Creative Arts as Activism – Social Justice-Themed Open Mic Night ● Casa Nueva ● 6-8 p.m.

This talent showcase will allow poets, musicians, dancers and other artists to perform social justice-themed work. Anyone interested in performing at this free and open to the public event should email event co-coordinator Ebony Porter at portere@ohio.edu.

Saturday, Jan. 28

MLK Jr. Day of Service Event ● Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, 366 Baker University Center ● 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for campus and community participants to volunteer their services by helping pack the collected school supply items for delivery. Students can sign up to participate in the service event on Org Sync at: https://orgsync.com/116697/chapter . For more information, contact Barb Harrison in the Campus Involvement Center at 740-593-4098 or visit http://www.ohio.edu/involvement/communityservice/