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Cutler Hall, as viewed from the College Gate

2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Join us in celebration all week long, starting Monday, Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

MLK Week Events

Ohio University celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the month of January. The 2020 celebration carries a theme "Keep Moving Forward" and 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.

Schedule of MLK Week Events

The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will officially begin on Monday, January 20th.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Silent March and Brunch

Silent March: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Galbreath Memorial Chapel

Brunch: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Baker University Center, Ballroom

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kalvin Harvell

Tickets on sale now! To purchase, contact: Teresa Rainey, raineyt@ohio.edu


Faith Acts: Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Galbreath Memorial Chapel

*For more information, visit the Facebook event


Career & Leadership Development Center: Black Excellence Panel

Panel Discussion: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Hour: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Baker University Center, 3rd Floor, Amanda J. Cunningham Center
*For more information, visit Handshake HERE


2020 Charity Basketball Game

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ping Recreation Center Area D
Entry Fee: non-perishable or personal care item
*For more information, contact Tamika Williams (williat8@ohio.edu)


MLK Jr. Celebration Arts Cypher

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Baker University Center Theatre
Featuring Laurent Che


Day of Service

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Project Locations:

  • Passion Works
  • UCM Saturday Lunch

  • Southeast Ohio Food Bank

  • Athens Village

  • Athens County Food Pantry

To register to volunteer, visit Give Pulse


Multicultural Fitness Expo

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Grover Center Atrium
*For more information or to volunteer contact Shilah Kidd (sk143814@ohio.edu) or Lynsey Booker (lb913015@ohio.edu


Additional Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest

Click HERE for submission form and additional details!

Art must be dropped off at one of the following locations by 01/06/20 to be considered for the contest:

  • Athens Public Library (30 Home Street Athens, OH 45701)
  • Hopewell Health Center Child/Adolescent Team Office (141 Columbus Road Athens, OH 45701)
  • Federal Hocking Secondary School-c/o Philip Hutchison-Kidʼs on Campus (8461 OH-144, Stewart, OH 45778)
  • Chauncey Public Library (29 Converse Street Chauncey, OH 45719)
  • Ohio University Womenʼs Center (Baker University Center Rm 403 Athens, OH 45701)

*For more information, contact Lacey Rogers (lacey@ucmathens.org) or visit the Facebook event 

*Winners will be notified by January 13, 2020

Athens County, School Supply Drive 

January 20, 2020- February 29, 2020

Locations for Donation Box: 

  • Alden Library
  • The Center for Campus & Community Engagement – 417 Baker
  • Cutler Hall – Main floor
  • Chubb Hall 
  • Nelson 
  • Multicultural Center  - 2nd floor Baker
  • OMSAR – 31 N. court St.
  • Academic Resource Center
  • FIJI House
  • Seigfried Hall 
  • Patton College of Education


Donations will benefit the following local Elementary Schools:

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



2019-20 Dr. Martin Luther King- Jr. -Celebration Committee Members


  • 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

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

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

  • Winsome Chunnu, Director of Multicultural Center

  • 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