Mount Union to Host Native American Speaker

November 05, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — In commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, the University of Mount Union’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host Dr. Don Bartlette as he presents “Macaroni at Midnight” at 7 p.m. on  Thursday, November 15 in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

“Macaroni at Midnight” is a tale of Bartlette’s experiences as a Chippewa Indian child with emotional, speech and physical disabilities, growing up in poverty, violence, homelessness, child abuse, racism and alcoholism. Bartlette tells how one person in his community helped him to overcome childhood disadvantages and survive in a multicultural world.

Bartlette, while being a full-time public speaker, is also a social worker, counselor, educator and advocate for minorities, victims of abuse and persons with disabilities. He has appeared before numerous radio and television talk shows and local, state and national conferences.

He has received international recognition, ranging from England’s “International Men of Achievement,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “20 Most Interesting People in Stark County” and was nominated for the Marty Mann award. Bartlette has also worked with countless organizations, ranging from the National Minority Affairs Coalition, Advisory Board for Keystone Academy (school for the disabled in Texas), National Institute for Alternative Care Professionals and all branches of the Armed Services.

Bartlette is widely recognized for his achievements, being named “Hometown Hero” and with cities honoring him with “Don Bartlette Day.”

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