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Annual MLK celebration set

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- Ohio University Southern will kick off a week of special activities with its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

The celebration, with a theme of "Celebrating America: 'We are All tied to a Single Garment of Destiny...'" will be in the Bowman Auditorium at OUS, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton.

The theme is based on these words King spoke at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in 1968: "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."

The celebration will include participation from Boy Scout Troop 06 and Yvonne DeKay School of Dance; music by Voices of Faith; Kim Coburn from Ashland, Ky.; a special reading by Mitzi Sinnott; announcement of the Annual MLK Essay Contest participants, and more.

Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

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

Interfaith Dialogue Series: Finding Our Common Ground: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Rotunda at OUS, Ironton.

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 include the Rev. Kevin Dotts, South Point United Methodist Church; Rabbi Jean Eglinton, B'Nai Sholom Congregation, Huntington; the Rev. David Huffman, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ironton; Dr. Majed Khader, professor of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Marshall University; the Rev. Damon Sneed, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ironton.

Dr. Purba Das, assistant professor of communication studies at Ohio University, will moderate. For more information, contact Das at 740-533-4595 or dasp@ohio.edu.

Brown Bag Concert Series: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Rotunda at OUS, Ironton. Featuring music performed by Michelle Dotts and Rick Payne. For more information, contact Nina Queen at 740-533-4548 or queen@ohio.edu.

Film: "Freedom Riders:" 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, Bowman Auditorium at OUS, Ironton.

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.

For more information, contact Robert Pleasant at 740-533-4600 or pleasanr@ohio.edu, or Michelle Dotts at 740-547-3874 or md175310@ohio.edu.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch and Lecture: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Ohio University Southern-Proctorville Center.

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

For more information, contact Sarah Kyllo at 740-547-3830 or kyllo@ohio.edu.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Robert Pleasant, director of Enrollment and Student Services, at 740-533-4600.