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Monday, January 20,2014

Honoring & remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Photo Caption: The 2014 MLK walk.
Ohio University's Office for Diversity and Inclusion will be having a week long celebration of Dr. King and almost all activities are free and open to the public.

From the website:

Centered around the theme, " OHIO's Legacy: Living the dream" this year's commemorative celebration builds upon previous years' activities by focusing on King's service and legacy in the Athens community.

The MLK Jr. Celebration Committee's primary goal is to coordinate university-sponsored events that address important issues such as social justice and racial equality during the holiday celebration. This year, the committee is co-chaired by Lisa Harrison, assistant professor of Teacher Education in the Patton College of Education, and Joan Zelaya, assistant director of Tutoring Services in the Academic Advancement Center.

Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to attend the events listed below:

Monday, Jan. 20 - Friday, Jan. 24
MLK Jr. Historical Display
OHIO Baker University Center •
3rd Floor Atrium • Athens, OH

The MLK Jr. Historical Display will showcase photographs, newspapers, articles, artifacts and recordings from OHIO's history. The week long display will demonstrate how OHIO students of color were viewed during the Civil Rights movement and their response to social justice. Visitors to the MLK Jr. Historical Display will have an opportunity to share their own thoughts, feelings and future dreams for social change and equality. For more information contact Cimmeron O'Conner ( at (740) 593-4218.

Tuesday, Jan.21
"Gideon's Army" Film Documentary Viewing and Discussion • 7:00-9:00pm
Athena Cinema • 20 South Court Street • Athens, OH

This documentary follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon's Promise) they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make "justice for all" a reality? Herman Carson, from the Athens Public Defender's Office will facilitate the discussion. For more information contact Kimberly Blue ( at (740)593-2909.

Wednesday, Jan.22
MLK Jr. Interactive Workshop • 6:00-8:00pm
OHIO Walter Hall Rotunda • Athens, OH

This interactive workshop focuses on Martin Luther's King's speech: "Where do we go from here?" Participants will examine a framework for creating alliances (i.e. network, coalition, partnership) needed for promoting a common goal. Participants will report progress to the OHIO and Athens community throughout the 2014-2015 academic school year. How we can take what we have learned regarding King's speech and social justice and put it into action? Glidden Visiting Professor, Thomas Costello will facilitate the workshop. For more information contact Thomas Costello ( at (740) 593-2596.

Thursday, Jan.23
Social Justice Themed Open Mic Night
Case Nueva • 4 West State Street • Athens, OH • 6:00-8:00pm
Donkey Coffee and Espresso Café • 17 W. Washington Street • Athens, OH • 8:00pm

This event allows students and community members to creatively express their depictions of social justice. Poets, musicians, dancers, visual artists and all other artists are invited to showcase their social-justice themed work. For more information or to sign-up contact Alice Ragland (

Friday, Jan. 24
It Takes a Village (ITAV)
Select Grades within the Athens City School District • Athens, OH

It Takes a Village is an educational program facilitated annually by Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) as part of the MLK Jr. Celebration. The program seeks to educate select Athens City School students about the legacy of MLK Jr. and to increase diversity awareness. For more information or to sign-up as a volunteer contact Alexis Evans (

Saturday, Jan. 25
MLK Jr. Day of Service

In keeping with Dr. King's legacy of service, this event will provide members of the campus and surrounding Athens community with a day "on" of service opportunities that will address community needs in Southeast Ohio. Service projects include:
  • *Good Works, Inc. • Athens, OH 45701
  • *Friends and Neighbor Community Choice Food Center • Coolville, OH 45723
  • *City of Athens • Athens, OH 45701
  • United Campus Ministry • Athens, OH 45701
  • *Last Chance Corral • Athens, OH 45701
  • Logan Food Pantry • Logan, OH 43138
*Transportation provided
Ohio University regional campus participation is welcomed. For more information visit this link or contact Barbara Harrison ( at (740) 593-4098.


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