January 1, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Martin Luther King Celebration | Prophetic Faith in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter, Jan. 14

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The Center for Law, Justice & Culture is cosponsoring two events during the Martin Luther King Celebration and would like to encourage all to attend events scheduled throughout the celebration.

The first event is on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room with Judge Terri B. Jamison to speak on the topic of “Prophetic Faith in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter.”

A Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Jamison also serves as pastor of Divine Kingdom Builders in Columbus. She was recognized in July 2013 as a Columbus State College History Maker, and was a keynote speaker at the Tristate Conference of Diversity and Inclusion in September 2016.

Her unique perspective as a faith leader who also works in the criminal justice system, combined with her passion for civil rights and social action, economic empowerment, education, and human rights, make her a powerful voice with a compelling story to share at this pivotal moment in our nation’s social and cultural life.

The second event cosponsored by the CLJC  is You Said What? Responding Thoughtfully to Oppressive Comments and Attitudes,” which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at First United Methodist Church from 6-8 p.m. 

During this workshop, participants will discuss different ways people can effectively respond to oppressive comments made to them or others. This event is coordinated by John Schmieding, Founding Executive Director and Mediator of the Athens Area Mediation Service.

List of all Martin Luther King Celebration Events:

Saturday, Jan. 14

Prophetic Faith in the Age of Black Lives Matter ● Multicultural Center ● Baker University Center ● 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

This event will focus on how individuals and faith communities can work together across their religious differences. The keynote speaker is Franklin County (Ohio) Judge and Pastor Terri B. Jamison. She will discuss the complicated relationship between faith and justice. She previously worked in the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office before starting her own law practice. The domestic relations judge sold her successful insurance business to become an attorney. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 16

Silent March ● Galbreath Chapel ● 10:30 a.m.

The Silent March will begin in front of Galbreath Memorial Chapel and end at the fourth-floor entrance of Baker University Center. Everyone is invited to participate. This event is hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. 

MLK Jr. Celebratory Brunch ● Baker University Center Ballroom ● 11 a.m.

The annual brunch will feature Baltimore, Maryland’s Singing Sensations Youth Choir. The choir is made up of students, ages 5-18, exposing them to other people, cultures and musical experiences. The Brunch is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Between Love and Hate Theme.

Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey is the choir’s founder and director. She is a vocal music instructor in the Baltimore City School System who has worked more than 25 years in the field of education, eight of them as a principal, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of education and music. She will address the audience throughout the performance. Tickets are $15 for general public, $10 for students. Tables of eight are also available. Contact the Ohio University Multicultural Center at 740-593-4027 for tickets.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Teach-In: The Creative Arts as a Tool for Engagement ● Baker University Center Front Room ● Noon-2 p.m.

This panel discussion will explore how people use can use their creativity to encourage and promote social change. Ohio University staff member Chris Caldwell will serve as the moderator. The panel includes: Professors Travis Gatling and Akil Houston and students Tony Haynes, Tyrin Rome and Kaitlin Wilson. This event is co-sponsored by the Between Love and Hate Theme.

You Said What?: Responding Thoughtfully to Oppressive Comments and Attitudes ● First United Methodist Church ● 6-8 p.m.

During this workshop, participants will discuss different ways people can effectively respond to oppressive comments made to them or others. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio University Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors’ Meet and Greet ● Baker University Center Theatre ● 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors will make a presentation about their backgrounds before taking questions from the audience.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Creative Arts as Activism – Social Justice-Themed Open Mic Night ● Casa Nueva ● 6-8 p.m.

This talent showcase will allow poets, musicians, dancers and other artists to perform social justice-themed work. Anyone interested in performing at this free and open to the public event should email event co-coordinator Ebony Porter at

Saturday, Jan. 28

MLK Jr. Day of Service Event ● Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, 366 Baker University Center ● 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for campus and community participants to volunteer their services by helping pack the collected school supply items for delivery. Students can sign up to participate in the service event on Org Sync at: . For more information, contact Barb Harrison in the Campus Involvement Center at 740-593-4098 or visit

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