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Dr. MLK Jr. Day Events Planned at Mount Union

January 3, 2012

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Mount Union is hosting a variety of events in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All events are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise. 

Thursday, January 12
Keynote Speaker: Barry Scott
Barry Scott’s Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
 
Barry ScottBarry Scott, an expert on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., created his tribute to Dr. King to teach students about one of America’s most violent and inspiring times. During this hour-long program, Scott will examine the life and works of Dr. King, a man who made an extraordinary impact on the civil rights movement and the world.

Widely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker and voice over artist, Scott is the founder and producing artistic director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre at Tennessee State University. He has recreated Dr. King’s speeches in such venues at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, NY the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL.
 
As a writer, Scott’s work has been featured in numerous plays. As an actor, he has performed for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in many productions including Macbeth, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Man of La Mancha, Camelot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance, Evita and Big River. He also has appeared in the plays I’ll Fly Away and Rescue 911 as well as a recurring role as a minister in the successful series In the Heat of the Night. In addition, Scott played a disabled Vietnam veteran in the award winning Travis Tritt music video trilogy, Anymore. He also co-starred with Jim Varney in the Touchstone picture, Ernest Goes to Jail.
 
He has conducted workshops on acting and has received several awards including the Ingram Fellowship Award for Theatre and the Partnership in Access and Appreciation Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. He also won the Ralph Edmondson National Award for Play Writing for Lisa’s Story, in which he wrote, produced, directed and starred. In addition, His leadership speech Courage To Lead is a regular part of the curriculum at the prestigious Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. In 2004, Scott received rave reviews for his performance in the play Looking Over The President’s Shoulder directed by Emmy Award winning actor Robert Guillume. Scott also was named Best Actor in 2005 by the Nashville Scene for his starring role in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson directed by the Tony Award winning producer and director Woodie King Jr.
 
Scott’s voice can be heard on commercials and PSA’s around the country. He has voiced work for ESPN, National Football League, The Discovery Channel, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, McDonalds, The American Heart Association, CBS, ABC, NBC, Disney and SPIKE TV, among other national, respected brands.
 
A native of Nashville, TN, Scott graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in speech communications and theatre. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actor’s Equity Association and American Film Radio & Television Association.

Monday, January 16
National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Organized by Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
9 a.m. – noon, various locations in the Alliance community
 
A variety of planned service projects will be held on Monday, giving participants the opportunity to improve the lives of others while giving back to the community. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus to go over service locations. Throughout the day, participants will assist a variety of organizations in Alliance by helping with tasks including children’s activities, cleaning and organizing. Everyone who participates will receive a free t-shirt, and following the morning of service, lunch will be provided in Campus Grounds. To volunteer, contact Abby Honaker at honakeal@mountunion.edu or (330)829-8168.
 
Trip to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio
1 – 5:30 p.m.
 
The bus will depart at 1 p.m. for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Space is limited to 33 passengers and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. To sign up, email Deanna McFarland at mcfarldm@mountunion.edu by Friday, January 13.
 
Tuesday, January 17
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educational PowerPoint and Discussion
10:30 a.m., East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
 
Leaders of Mount Union’s diversity organizations, which includes Association of International Studies, the Association of Women Students, the Black Student Union and Gay Straight Alliance, will discuss the impact of the civil rights movement. 
 
Wednesday, January 18
Candlelight Vigil
6:30 p.m., Beginning at Rodman Playhouse
 
Reception
7 – 9 p.m., Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
 
March across campus to commemorate the civil rights struggles that many have endured. Following the candlelight vigil, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments at the reception in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center. 
 
Thursday, January 19
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Dinner and Ceremony
7:30 p.m., Solarium of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
 
During the awards dinner and ceremony, Sandy Womack ’92 will discuss the history of Alpha Phi Alpha, a fraternity on campus during his time at Mount Union, as well as their fight to recognize and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday on campus. Original members of the fraternity who joined in this fight will be given a plaque as a small token of appreciation. In addition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Diversity Awards will be presented to various members of the Mount Union community. This event is by invitation only.
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