Representative Johnny Ford is Keynote Speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Events at Mount Union Colle

April 22, 2010

The community is invited to join Mount Union College in honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21 with a variety of events, beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Johnny Ford, former mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, and currently the State Representative for Alabama's 82nd District will give the keynote address at the Rodman Playhouse Theatre at 9:30 a.m. The address will be followed by an awards ceremony. Both a student award and a community award will be presented to a student and community member whose actions best exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The keynote address will be followed by diversity workshops facilitated by Ford and Victoria Steward, diversity consultant to Mount Union College. Workshops will be held from 1 - 2 p. m. and 2:15 - 3:15 p. m. in Cope Music Hall. During each workshop period, participants can choose to attend "Conflict Resolution" or "Struggles of the Movement."

The "Tunnel of Oppression," an interactive exhibit will be open from 11:30 a. m. - 6 p. m. Pia Fitzgerald, program coordinator for the Great Expectations program and assistant director for residence life at Mount Union College, describes it as an interactive display dealing with oppression and prejudice of many kinds. The exhibit will be in the Alumni Room, located in the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

"Experiencing the Civil Rights Movement in Word and Song," which includes narration, song and films to tell the story of the key events in the civil rights movement will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Grounds in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Facilitators will be Dr. Donald Hobson, emeritus professor of religion and philosophy; Dr. Martin Horning, professor of economics; Matthew Horning, an area educator; Dr. Ivory Lyons, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies and African-American studies and Barbara Lyons, director of the gospel choir and secretary in the education department.

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