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Dr. MLK Jr. Day Events Planned at Mount Union

January 16, 2011 - by Callie Livengood

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.
 
Monday, January 17
Haines House Tours
8:30 a.m., Haines House (located at 186 W. Market in Alliance)
Beginning around 1853, the Haines House served as an Underground Railroad station in Alliance. Admission is $3, and tours of the house offer a unique opportunity to experience local history with a focus on the abolitionist movement in the mid-18th century. To register for the tour, contact Deanna McFarland at (330) 823-7288.
 
National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Organized by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 – 6 p.m., 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. Volunteers will be assisting many organizations in Alliance including Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center, Rodman Public Library, Alliance YMCA, First United Presbyterian Church and Empowerment Center, among others. Lunch and dinner will be provided for volunteers. Those interested in participating may contact Chris Pontius at pontiucm@mountunion.edu.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Recognition Banquet
6 p.m., Campus Grounds
Over dessert, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership and Diversity Awards will be presented to various members of the Mount Union community. For more information, contact Richard Jackson, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural student affairs at jacksonrg@mountunion.edu or (330) 823-2138.
 
Tuesday, January 18
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Educational PowerPoint and Discussion
10:30 a.m., East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center
Mount Union’s Black Student Union (BSU) will discuss the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact that he as well as other pivotal figures had on the civil rights movement. 
 
Wednesday, January 19
Candlelight Vigil
6:30 p.m., beginning at Rodman Playhouse
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Display
7 p.m., Campus Grounds
Following the candlelight vigil, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy desserts and view the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. display which will feature PowerPoint presentations, posters and quotes. 
 
Thursday, January 20
Social Justice Workshop: Led by Jessica PettittJessica Pettitt
10:30 a.m., Mount Union Theatre
 
Keynote Speaker: Jessica Pettitt
“Social Justice: When Diversity Isn't Enough”
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
Twice nominated for best diversity artist by Campus Activities Magazine, diversity educator Jessica Pettitt will present a highly interactive program at Mount Union. She has more than 10 years of student affairs experience at the collegiate level, more than five years of consulting experience and has been doing standup comedy for more than two years as a part of her mission to inspire change and dismantle oppression.
 
According to her website, www.jessicapettitt.com, she takes participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events and storytelling with large doses of humor reminiscent of Bob Newhart, George Carlin and Paula Poundstone. Though participants will be laughing, she promises no drum circles, guilty tears or finger pointing. 
 
Pettitt earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology with secondary certification in social studies from Hendrix College and a master of education degree in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina.
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