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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Miami


Miami University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance will be marked by a variety of events on its Oxford, Middletown and Hamilton campuses.

William Still, president of the William Still Foundation in New York City, will present the keynote address, "Underground Railroad 1872," at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Hall Auditorium.

Additional events on the Oxford campus include:

  • Community Observance. Dr. Bruce Beard, First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford Methodist Church. A candlelight march from Miami's Center for Black Culture and Learning to the church will begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • MLK Day Hike around Acton Lake, Hueston Woods, sponsored by the Hefner Zoology Museum, 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Meet at the park lodge. Breakfast at 8 a.m. Call 529-4617 for information.
  • MAAP/Mentor Program Presents: "Eyes on the Prize," noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 19-22, Center for Black Culture and Learning.
  • NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, Shriver Center multipurpose room.

    Events at Miami's Hamilton campus include:

  • "Bafa Bafa: A Cross-culture Simulation," 2-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 130 Rentschler Hall.
  • MLK Awards Reception, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1140 S. Front St., 513-868-0126.
  • Showcasing Our Own: "The Meeting," noon Wednesday, Jan. 20, location to be announced.
  • Annual remembrance and reflections luncheon, noon Thursday, Jan. 21, Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Rev. D. Higgins, featured speaker. (Call 513-785-3024 for ticket information.)
  • Video: "Speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.," noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, multicultural center.
  • MLK Tri-City Unity Service, Kevin Woodgett, Lifetime Ministries, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Parrish Auditorium.
  • "Old School New School" dance, sponsored by MAC, Kappa Alpha Psi, MAAP/Mentor Program, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, location to be announced.
  • Video: "Legacy of a Dream, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," noon Monday, Jan. 25, multicultural center.

    Also in Hamilton, participants will depart from Booker T. Washington Community Center at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, for a noon observance at Israel Baptist Church, 7th and Chestnut streets. Pastor L.C. Jackson, Anderson, Ind., will speak at the community service.

    Events at the Middletown campus include:

  • MLK Observance, 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Finkelman Auditorium.
  • MLK Reflections/Speak Out, noon Tuesday, Jan. 19, Middletown Commons.

    All events listed are open to the public and all are free, except for the Jan. 21 luncheon at the Hamilton campus.

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