MLK celebration planned

Published 10:11 am Friday, January 10, 2014

Ohio University Southern is hosting the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

The celebration will be in the Bowman Auditorium on the campus of Ohio University Southern in Ironton. The 2014 theme is Ohio’s Legacy: Living the Dream.

In the words of Dr. King: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

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This year’s event will also include participation from various performers and speakers from throughout the community.

“We will also announce the winners of the annual MLK Essay Contest,” Robert Pleasant, OUS director of enrollment and student services, said.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

Other events include:

Interfaith Dialogue: Finding Our Common Ground

The aim of Interfaith Dialogue is to help bring together the communities to establish common ground and promote understanding, cooperation and partnership.

“Communication with other people who have different traditions and faiths from their own,” Pleasant said. “We each have the opportunity to learn and appreciate our own beliefs and traditions as well as those of others of others.”


• MODERATORS: Dr. Purba Das, assistant professor of communication studies and Dr. John Webster, assistant professor of social work

• DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Jan. 21, Noon

• LOCATION: Ohio University Southern’s Bowman Auditorium

• CONTACT: Dr. Purba Das at 740-533-4595 or


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

• FEATURING: Rick Payne

• DATE/TIME: Wednesday, Jan. 22, noon

• LOCATION: Ohio University Southern Riffe Center Mains Rotunda

• CONTACT: Nina Queen at 740-533-4548 or


Film: “The March”

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 has been deemed one of the most important moments in contemporary history.

“It was when one of the world’s greatest leaders spoke, carrying the hopes and dreams of millions of disenfranchised American people,” Pleasant said. “This documentary recounts the events when 250,000 people came together to form the largest demonstration the young American democracy had ever seen.”

The OUS History Club sponsors this event and lunch will be provided.

• DATE/TIME: Thursday, Jan. 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

• LOCATION: Ohio University Southern’s Bowman Auditorium

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


MLK Brunch and Lecture

• DATE/TIME: Friday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• LOCATION: Ohio University Southern — Proctorville Center

• CONTACT: Sarah Kyllo at 740-547-3830 or


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