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Miami events celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Events on Miami University’s three campuses celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Marches are scheduled Monday, Jan. 21, on the Hamilton and Oxford campuses. The Hamilton march begins at 11 a.m. at the Booker T. Washington Center. It will end at the Payne Chapel AME Church, where the Rev. Anne Henning Byfield of Detroit will speak at noon. The church is located at 320 S. Front St. in Hamilton. For more information, call (513) 785-3028.

A march in Oxford begins at 3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park uptown. Marchers will proceed to the Freedom Summer Memorial, located on Miami’s Western campus, where a community observance will be held at 4 p.m. in Kumler Chapel. Rev. Byfield also will speak at Kumler. For more information, call (513) 529-6504.

In other activities, civil rights attorney Lani Guinier will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in Hall Auditorium in Oxford. Guinier, a Harvard Law School professor, has written widely on topics related to voting rights, democratic theory, affirmative action and legal education. She co-authored the book Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School and Institutional Change, a major study of women and law school. Her visit is sponsored by Miami’s Center for American and World Cultures, Miami Lecture Series and Performing Arts Series.

The event is free but tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be available one hour before the talk in the Hall box office. For more information, call (513) 529-2730.

A brown bag discussion of Cornell West’s best-selling book, Race Matters will be at noon on Jan. 25 in Miami’s Center for Black Culture and Learning, Oxford campus. The event is free; call (513) 529-4700 for more information.

Other Hamilton campus activities include an awards ceremony for college-bound and college students at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Booker T. Washington Center; call (513) 785-3028 for more information, and a “Remembrance and Reflections” luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 23. The luncheon, at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, is free but advance reservations are required. Call (513) 785-3024 to reserve a place.

In a campus dialogue on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Miami television will show relevant movies at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Events at Miami Middletown include a Unity Conference from 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in Johnston Hall. Keynote speaker is George C. Fraser. Fraser, based in Cleveland Heights, spent 17 years in management with Procter and Gamble, United Way and Ford. He is the author of Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community and Race for Success: The Ten Best Business Opportunities for Blacks In America.

Admission and lunch are free, and two members of the Tuskegee Airmen will visit. The theme for the conference is “Diversity and Unity Build Our Community.”

A Middletown program celebrating Martin Luther King is scheduled at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 and a prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. Jan. 21. Locations for these two events will be announced at a later date.

For more information on any Middletown area event, call (513) 727-3233.

Classes are canceled and offices closed on all three campuses Jan. 21.


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