Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Events Planned at Mount Union College

May 25, 2010

Mount Union College will feature author and orator Dr. Na’im Akbar as the keynote speaker in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Kr. Day on Thursday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.

Recognized as one of the great thinkers and orators of our time, Akbar was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Scholar Award at Florida State University. Currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Florida State, he has served as president of the National Association of Black Psychologists, on the editorial board of the Journal of Black Studies and was associate editor of the Journal of Black Psychology. The author of Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery, The Community of Self, Visions for Black Men and Know Thyself, Akbar is also the recipient of scores of plaques and awards.

More activities celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on Monday, January 21.

The annual awards luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. in the Solarium of the Kresge Dining Commons in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. During this luncheon, individuals will be recognized who have carried out the dream of Dr. King by making it a reality on campus or in the community. Nominations for this award are being accepted and are due by January 9. Nominations should be directed to the attention of Debbie Fink, secretary for student affairs, Mount Union College, 1972 Clark Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601, finkds@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-7288. Tickets for the luncheon can also be purchased through her for $5.00.

Renee Powell, a member of the LPGA and an entrepreneur, will speak at the luncheon. She currently operates Clearview Golf Course, the first African-American owned golf course in the United States. This course was designed by her father, Bill Powell. She was honored to receive the prestigious First Lady of Golf Award from the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

After the luncheon, there will be planned service projects where participants will have the opportunity to improve the lives of others taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. These events are sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service. Volunteers will be painting at Feed My Sheep Ministries and cleaning at Bethany House. For additional information, contact Amanda Espenscheid-Reilly, director of service-learning and community service at (330) 829-8168 or Jennifer Scott, VISTA service leader at (330) 829-8228.

A Tunnel of Oppression will be held in the Campus Center from Monday, January 21 through Wednesday, January 23. The tunnel confronts the stereotypes that overwhelm individuals on a daily basis with the goal of increasing awareness and dispelling myths. It leads to a Room of Enlightenment designed to reinforce new ways of thinking. For additional information, contact Deborah Minton, assistant director of residence life for programming at (330) 829-2762.

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