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College of Wooster to Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

UPublish story by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster will pay tribute to civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of activities on campus and in the community next week.

Several of the events are open to the public, beginning Monday (Jan. 20) — the official day of observance for Dr. King — with an interfaith prayer breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in Babcock Hall (1315 Beall Ave.). Reservations can be made by e-mail (ministries@wooster.edu) or phone (330-263-2602). There will also be a National Day of Service food drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. in Lowry Center (1189 Beall Ave.); a Youth Empowerment Workshop for high school students from Wayne and Stark counties at various locations across campus; and opportunity for open expression at the art wall on the main level in Lowry Center, titled “Conversation on Civil Rights, Discrimination, and Equality,” where everyone is invited to share their thoughts on the wall and at other miniature art walls located across campus.

Later that afternoon (4-5 p.m.), there will be a celebration of Dr. King through the arts in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.) with music provided by The College of Wooster Gospel Choir and Shades of Gold a cappella ensemble, and readings from the works of Dr. King by student leaders from multiple student organizations. In the evening, there will be a community celebration sponsored by members of the Second Baptist Church (245 S. Grant St.) and the Wooster community as they salute the life and work of Dr. King.

On Tuesday (Jan. 21), the first I-Seminar of the semester will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the formal lounge of Babcock Hall (1315 Beall Ave.) at which time three members of the Class of 2014 will present overviews of their Senior Independent Study projects. Topics, which focus on race during the history of the College, include Ruby Summers presenting “United We Stand: Youth Culture, Black Experience, and the 1971 Homecoming Boycott at The College of Wooster;” Antwan Chambers discussing “Breaking Down the Walls: Black Student Activism at The College of Wooster, 1960-1980;” and Deja Moss talking about “Pearls of Wisdom: An Exploration of Black Female Student Experience at The College of Wooster, 1975-1985.” To register for lunch at noon, contact cbernardy@wooster.edu.

On Wednesday (Jan. 22), the film, “Silent Choices,” which depicts African American women and their experience with abortion, will be shown at 5 p.m. in the formal lounge of Babcock Hall.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Judge Kenneth McHargh, lead attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unity and adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Marshall Schools of Law, will present “Exploring the Assassination of Dr. King.” The lecture, which begins at 11 a.m., will be held in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). McHargh earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster, where he served as chairman of the Black Students Association and co-authored the Black Manifesto, which called for an increase in Black faculty, Black students, and the expansion of the College’s curriculum to include Black Studies. Upon graduation from Wooster, he received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He later served as staff council with the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations, investigating the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2004, he was appointed by the judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to serve an eight-year term as United States Magistrate Judge at the Carl B. Stokes Federal Court in Cleveland. In 2012, he was reappointed to a second eight-year term.

Also next week, “Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works” will be on display at The College of Wooster Art Museum (1220 Beall Ave.) through March 2. The exhibition — curated by Patterson Sims — spans 35 years of drawings, sculpture, paintings, and prints by artist Willie Cole, who is best known for transforming consumer objects into sculptures in which the dichotomies of African Americans, U.S. history, and global cultures collide.

At the end of the week, Susan Lee, special assistant to the president for diversity affairs and campus climate, will lead a discussion about civil rights and discrimination in the modern world at the art wall in Lowry Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and join the conversation.

The 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is sponsored by Wooster’s Center for Diversity and Global Engagement. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2067) or e-mail (mhammonds@wooster.edu or ngrace@wooster.edu).


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