Mount Union Plans 2015 MLK Jr. Day Events

January 09, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Mount Union will host a variety of events in January in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All events are free and open to the public. The theme for this year's celebration is, “We Have a Dream.”

Thursday, January 15
Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Walton, Fresno State
7 p.m. Dewald Chapel
Dr. James Walton will share his experience in his presentation “My Triple: Mount Union, Moving and MLK Jr.”

During his time at Mount Union, Walton was the recipient of the Great Teacher Award and he has the honor of being the first African American faculty member to be recognized in this way. After leaving Mount Union, Walton was a longtime Table Leader and consultant for Educational Testing Service of Princeton (ETS) and was also commissioned by the The Fresno Bee as a guest columnist to write a series of articles.Walton taught an American Literature course to students in Tokyo, Japan, via the Internet, the first Fresno State course to be taught internationally through the Internet in 1998. He has also been an exchange professor in Osaka, Japan and in Seoul, Korea.

Monday, January 19
National Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
9 a.m. – noon, various locations in the Alliance community
Arrive in the MAAC between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. to receive your assignments!

Through a variety of planned service projects, volunteers will assist many organizations around the Alliance community, giving them the opportunity to improve the lives of others. The event is organized annually by Mount Union’s Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

Tuesday, January 20
MLK Jr. Presentation by the Student Diversity Council
11:10 a.m., East Room, Hoover Price Campus Center

A panel discussion will be held with Mount Union’s Student Diversity Council as they review current events and their relation to the Civil Rights movement and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 21
Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m., Campus Grounds, Hoover-Price Campus Center

The Rev. Marty Cashburless will lead students and community members around campus sharing thoughts and inspirational words about Martin Luther King Jr. This will be followed by a reflective discussion of the life of King and how his message is alive in our world today.


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