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2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Join us in celebration all week long, starting Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Ohio University celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the month of January. The 2021 celebration is coordinated by the University's MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee.

To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an inclusive OHIO and Athens community tribute that highlights equality and social justice issues. We honor Dr. King for his work toward racial equality and justice for all people and for his dedication to nonviolence.

2021 Theme: Constructive Tensions

The 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration theme, Constructive Tensions, honors and celebrates the long-lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is through the inherent presence of constructive tension within our activism that we are able to grow, and gain awareness of our differences, shared struggles, and triumphs.

“I must confess that I am not afraid of the word ‘tension.’ I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” 

-- Martin Luther King Jr., Excerpt from Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Schedule of MLK Week Events

The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will officially begin on Monday, January 18, 2021.

MLK March 2020 2

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Silent March and Brunch

Monday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.

The Silent March will be live-streamed and viewable from the drive-in location at Peden Stadium Parking Lot and online.

NOTE: Silent March participation is by invitation only as participation will be limited in size due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Drive-In Brunch

Monday, January 18

Brunch Box Pick-Up: 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Live Broadcast: Begins at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Peden Stadium Parking Lot

This year, the Brunch will be live-streamed and viewable on a large screen in the Peden Stadium parking lot. Participants will be able to drive-up, pick-up a brunch box, and attend the event via car. The event will also be available online for those who are not able to attend on-campus.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing is required for all in-person participants. Drive-in participants are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles during the event.

Guest Speaker: Jericka Duncan, 05' - CBS News Correspondent (expand to view bio)

Jericka Duncan is a national correspondent and anchor of the Sunday edition of the "CBS Weekend News." Duncan, who has been a CBS News correspondent since 2013, has reported such significant stories as accusations against R Kelly, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein; the shooting deaths of four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga; the 70th anniversary of D-Day and Normandy; as well as a variety of national breaking news stories. In 2018, she spent time in Washington D.C. covering the White House.

Duncan is an Emmy-nominated journalist who has received several awards for her reporting, including two National Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and honors from the Associated Press and the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, which named her Journalist of the Year in 2012. 

Duncan graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a degree in communications. She recently received a Juris Master in American Legal Studies from Liberty University. Duncan is a 2005 NAACP Image Award recipient. In 2006, she was a fellow at a North Carolina A&T conference on childhood obesity. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club and the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.

Register by Friday, January 15 to reserve your brunch box and other giveaways.


Self Care MLK

Self-Care and Activism

Tuesday, January 19, 12–1 p.m.

Hosted virtually via Zoom

This session is about your self-care! Join our trained specialist as she shares ways to fight for social justice and still maintain a healthy mind and body. 


Activism Diversity

Promoting Activism

Thursday, January 21, 5:30–7 p.m.

Hosted virtually via Zoom

Thursday offers three workshops, which community members may choose from, designed around the themes of promoting activism. Whether you would like to learn strategies for combating racism in the United States criminal justice system, to develop anti-racist aspirations we can pursue as community members, or to better understand the functionality of safe protest, there is a workshop option for you. All three workshops will be recorded and made accessible to the public following the events. 


MLK 2020 Singing Women

Community and the Arts

Friday, January 22, 12–1 p.m.

Hosted virtually via Zoom

Join us for virtual performances and presentations dedicated to the MLK Celebration through community engagement and the arts.


Trivia Night

Trivia Night

Friday, January 22, 6–7 p.m.

Hosted virtually via Zoom

Join the Ohio University community for a fun virtual Trivia Night in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. Compete against other students and OU community members to answer questions about Ohio University, Dr. King, and the civil rights movement.


School supplies

School Supply Drive

Monday, January 18 – Sunday, February 19

Service is a major reason why Ohio University is so great and we intend to continue to show the world our greatness. Please join us by picking up a few extra school supplies (see list of suggested donations below) as you prepare for the Spring semester.

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Composition Notebooks #2 Pencils Glue/Glue Sticks
1" Three-Ring Binders Construction Paper Index Cards
Two Pocket Folders Tissue Boxes Tooth Brush/Tooth Paste
Wide-Rule Loose Leaf Notebook Paper Scissors Highlighters
Washable Markers Sharpies Post-It Notes
Crayons Baby Wipes Bars of Soap
Pencil Top Erasers Poster Boards Scotch/Masking Tape


Locations for Donation Box: Boxes will be placed in most of the residence halls and around the community. Additionally, you can drop off donations at the following locations:

College Bookstore: 50 S. Court St.

Dollar General: 1016 E. State St.

Note: You can scan the QR Code on the donate boxes to record your donation on Givepulse to help us show our impact and save for your tax records.

Donations will benefit the following local Elementary Schools:

  • The Plains (Athens City School District)
  • Alexander Local 
  • Federal Hocking 
  • Trimble Local

MLK Celebration Community Service Partners:

  • MLK Committee
  • Center for Community Engagement
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Lambda Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter


2020–21 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Members



  • Travis Gatling - Director, School of Dance, College of Fine Arts
  • Vanessa Morgan-Nai - Coordinator for Multicultural Advising and African American Student Success, Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention

Committee Members

  • Dr. Gigi Secuban (Ex-Officio) - Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Jaylen Braxton - President, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (representing members of the fraternity)

  • Damon Scott - EBN Representative, College of Communication '89

  • Dr. Pam Kaylor - Professor of Instruction, Communication Studies and Women's Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department (Lancaster Campus)

  • Katie Beth Miksa - University Interfaith Association

  • Dr. Paula Miller-Buckner - Assistant Professor, Sociology & Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

  • Dr. Ebony Green - Assistant Dean for Advising & Student Services, University College

  • Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. - Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches

  • Micah McCarey - Director, LGBT Center

  • Sheldon Andrus - Art Director, University Communications and Marketing

  • Dr. Jason White - Associate Clinical Professor, School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, College of Health Sciences

  • Tia Jameson - Director of Women's Basketball Operations, Division of Athletics

  • Dr. Jason Rawls - Instructor of Teacher Education, Patton College of Education (Zanesville Campus)

  • Pat Bungard - Administrative Services Associate, Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention/Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Past Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Members

2019 - 2020


  • Tyrone Carr, Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement/ Executive Director of The Interlink Alliance
  • Tamika Williams, Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Career and Leadership Development Center

Committee Members

  • Student Representatives - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

  • Caryn Bailey, Assistant Director of Development, Diversity & Inclusion, University Wide Initiatives Division of University Advancement 

  • Dr. Winsome Chunnu, Director, Multicultural Center

  • Dr. Theda Gibbs, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

  • Amanda Graham, Executive Assistant, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Barbara Harrison, Assistant Director, Off-Campus Living

  • Christopher Kennedy, Digital Designer, University Communications and Marketing

  • George Mauzy, Multimedia Content Specialist, University Communications and Marketing

  • Rev. Evan Young, Campus Minister, United Campus Ministry

  • Lacey Rogers, Assistant Director, United Campus Ministry

  • Nicole Smith, Assistant Professor of Instruction, College of Business