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OUS prepping for MLK celebrations

Published 5:25am Sunday, January 20, 2013


Ohio University Southern invites the community to attend its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at 6 p.m. Monday.

The celebration will be in the Bowman Auditorium. The 2013 theme is Celebrating America “We are All tied to a Single Garment of Destiny…”

In the words of Dr. King, “We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

“And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.” — National Cathedral, Washington D.C. 1968

This year’s event will also include participation from Boy Scout Troop 106, Yvonne DeKay School of Dance, music by Voices of Faith, Kim Coburn, a special reading by Mitzi Sinnott, announcement of the Annual MLK Essay Contest participants and more. Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

There will be no classes scheduled on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

Other Ohio University Southern events paying tribute to Dr. King include:


TUESDAY — Interfaith Dialogue Series: Finding Our Common Ground

The aim of the InterFaith Dialogue Series is to create and strengthen a sense of community by bringing together individuals and organizations of various faiths.

This dialogue will broaden the conversations and interactions toward establishing and enhancing understanding, cooperation and partnership of diverse faith beliefs and traditions.

PANELISTS: Reverend Kevin Dotts, South Point United Methodist Church

Rabbi Jean Eglinton, B’Nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington, W.Va.

Reverend David Huffman, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ironton

Dr. Majed Khader, Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Marshall Univ

Reverend Damon Sneed, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ironton

MODERATOR: Dr. Purba Das, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Ohio University

TIME: 1 p.m.

LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Spriggs Auditorium

CONTACT: Dr. Purba Das (740-533-4595 or


WEDNESDAY — Brown Bag Concert Series: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FEATURING: Michelle Dotts and Rick Payne

TIME: Noon

LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Rotunda

CONTACT: Nina Queen (740-533-4548 or


THURSDAY — Film: “Freedom Riders”

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil rights activists.

Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

This documentary is based partly on Raymond Arsenault’s acclaimed book “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.”

TIME: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Ironton, Bowman Auditorium

CONTACT: Robert Pleasant (740-533-4600 or or Michelle Dotts (740-547-3874 or


FRIDAY — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch and Lecture

Focusing on the theme of “The Beloved Community,” the brunch will feature guest speaker Pastor Samuel R. Moore from Full Gospel Assembly of Huntington, W.Va., as well as a slideshow and music. This event is free and open to the public.

TIME: 11 to 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ohio University Southern—Proctorville Center

CONTACT: Sarah Kyllo (740-547-3830 or

All events are free and open to the public. For further information contact Robert Pleasant, director of enrollment and student services, at (740) 533-4600.


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