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MLK Jr. Day events scheduled

University will celebrate holiday for extended period
Jan 7, 2010
By George Mauzy

Ohio University will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a five-day celebration, Jan. 14-18.

The celebration, which was coordinated by the recently formed Martin Luther King Celebration Committee, carries the theme ?Revitalize, Rejuvenate, Recommit: Answering the Call to Do for Others.?

Ohio University Vice Provost for Diversity, Access and Equity Brian Bridges said he created the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee to expand the university's event planning for the January holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader.

?I wanted to institutionalize the events that celebrate Dr. King?s legacy,? Bridges said. ?I thought it was important for the university to establish systematic and sustained programming for the holiday.?

The MLK Celebration Committee?s primary goal was to coordinate university-sponsored events that address important issues such as social justice and racial equality during the holiday celebration. The committee comprises both campus and community members and all of the events are open to the public. Stacey Brinkley, interim director of the Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention, and Janice Wright, clinical supervisor in Hearing, Speech and Languages, co-chaired the committee.

These events are part of the MLK Celebration Committee?s official celebration:

  • Thursday, Jan. 14: ?The Power of Poverty in Southeastern Ohio? is a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre. The panel will discuss the impact of poverty in the region. Panel members include Lindsey Daniels, chair, Athens Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition; Michelle Decker, executive director, Rural Action; Jack Frech, director, Athens County Job and Family Services; Reggie Robinson, community services manager, Health Recovery Services; Keith Wasserman, founder/executive director, Good Works; Margaret Wharton, service coordinator, Havar Inc. John Schmeiding, chair of the Athens Community Relations Committee, will serve as moderator along with Janice Wright.

  • Friday, Jan. 15: ?Images of the Civil Rights Movement? is a 20-minute film that will be shown continuously between 2 and 9 p.m. in Baker University Center Ballroom A. The film features footage and photos from the civil rights movement and was produced by Phillip Mallory Jones, resident artist at the Ohio University Aesthetic Technologies Lab in the College of Fine Arts.

  • Saturday, Jan. 16: Ohio University and Athens County Community Service Projects. Volunteer opportunities will be with Havar Inc., Lindley Inn, Good Works, Ohio University Service Living and United Campus Ministries. For details, visit www.ohio.edu/communityservice/ or call Pamela Pate, AmeriCorps Vista, Campus Involvement Center at 740-593-4007.

  • Sunday, Jan. 17: ?Campus-Community Connections to the Civil Rights Movement? will take place at 4 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The free event will consist of performances from campus singing groups Section 8, Title IX and the Hillel Singers. Local female choir Calliope will also perform. Ohio University faculty members Francine Childs, Andrew Kreutzer and Najee Muhammad as well as local resident Ada Adams, wife of the late Ohio University alumnus and civil rights reporter Alvin Adams, will share their civil rights reflections between performances.

  • Monday, Jan. 18: Silent March and MLK Celebratory Brunch. The march will begin at 10 a.m. at Ohio University?s Galbreath Chapel and end at the Baker University Center. The brunch will begin at 11 a.m. at Baker University Center Ballroom and will feature keynote speaker Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of education at Columbia University. His research areas are hip-hop culture, politics, sexuality, education and religion and he is a frequent contributor on national TV shows and newspapers. Tickets for the brunch cost $5 for students, $7 for non-students and $50 for a table of eight.

  • Monday, Jan. 18: ?It Takes a Village,? which will take place at 2 p.m. in Baker University Center 240 on Monday, is a K-12 interactive learning workshop that will teach children the importance of accepting the differences in people. The free event will be moderated by Ohio University?s Appalachian, Cutler, Templeton and Urban scholars, as well members of Students Teaching about Racism in Society (S.T.A.R.S.).

United Campus Ministry will be collecting food and monetary donations at several of the events to support its Thursday Supper and Saturday Lunch free meal programs and the My Sheep Food Pantry in Mineral, Ohio. The food pantry serves more than 300 families each month. Contact Melissa Wales of UCM at 740-593-7301 or ucmathens@frognet.net for more information.

Bridges said he is excited about the celebration because it is the beginning of a long-term commitment by the university to celebrate MLK Day with the community.

?These MLK Day events will help demonstrate the importance of equality on campus and in the region, as well as further reinforce the interconnectedness between OU and the local community? Bridges said. ?These events will bring us together and we look forward to expanding next year?s efforts.?


Published: Jan 7, 2010 9:20 AM

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