Martin Luther King Jr. – Athens, OH @ Ohio University
Jan 16 – Jan 24 all-day

Save the Date: University to host Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Jan. 16-23

Participants needed for Creative Arts as Activism and Day of Service events



Ohio University will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16-23 on the Athens Campus. The annual celebration is coordinated by the University’s MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee.

These are the scheduled events:

Saturday, Jan. 16

Faith Acts ● Multicultural Center, Baker University Center 6-8 p.m.

This event will focus on how individuals and faith communities can work together across their religious differences. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Mel Hoover, Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, W.Va. In 2013, he was presented the Distinguished Service Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association, for his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community building, gender equality and environmental justice. This event is free and open to the public.


Monday, Jan. 18

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

The Silent March will begin in front of Galbreath Chapel and end at the fourth-floor entrance of Baker University Center. Everyone is invited to participate.

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

The annual brunch will include a keynote speech by Yohuru R. Williams, professor of history at Fairfield University. Individual tickets and tables of eight can be purchased from the Ohio University Multicultural Center by calling 740-593-4027. Ticket prices are $110-Non-student table of 8, $80-student table, $13-individual tickets.


Tuesday, Jan. 19

Social Justice Lecture and Discussion, TBA ● 6-8 p.m.

A legal expert will lead a discussion on the controversial issue of immigration in the U.S.


Wednesday, Jan. 20

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 e-mail event co-coordinator Ebony Porter at


Thursday, Jan. 21

Film Screening – Selma, Athena Cinema ● 7 p.m.

This is a free screening of the hit 2014 movie “Selma.” Admission is free.  

Friday, Jan. 22

“Black on Campus Then and Now: Ohio University from the 1950s – Today,” Baker University Center Front Room ● 1-3 p.m.

Current students and alumni will share their cultural experiences as students in Athens.


Saturday, Jan. 23

MLK Jr. Day of Service, Various Locations, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for campus and community participants to volunteer in service projects throughout Athens County. To volunteer for the Day of Service or for more information, contact Barb Harrison in the Campus Involvement Center at 740-593-4007 or visit

School Supply Drive

The annual School Supply Drive will benefit Coolville Elementary School. Items will be collected through Jan. 29. Drop off boxes will be established all over the Athens Campus.

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