Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


On January 16, 2012, over 80 students, faculty and staff at Ottawa University gathered to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his memory through service. Dr. Anthony Moore, guest speaker, urged those in attendance to actively embrace diversity and serve the community in honor of Dr. King. With that thought in mind participants engaged in two service events. Some attendees migrated to Meyers Library and under the supervision of Professor of Art Frank Lemp, created bowls and vessels from clay in support of an upcoming community initiative for hunger—Empty Bowls. The remaining attendees stayed to help created 30 My Stuff Bags for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Over 70 such bags were given out in Franklin County last year to children who are abruptly removed from their homes. The bags contain toiletries, clothing, blankets, games and toys to comfort children and youth during their transition. Following the service events all participants joined together for a serious discussion of race in America led by Assistant Professor of English Amber Reagan-Kendrick. Ottawa Volunteer Center collaborated with OU student groups Black Student Union and Phi Kappa Chi to bring MLK Day 2012 to fruition. Here’s what participants said:

“This project was very inspiring and there were great speakers. Job well done.”

“We should do more of these more often.”

“It was fun!”

“Very informative guest speaker.”

“The discussion was a great opportunity for community understanding—these honest dialogs do a lot to help with OU’s grace.”

“Impactful. Great speakers.”

“Great speakers and controversial topics.”

“Threw and created pots. Great project!”

“Loved the talks at the end.”

“It was well put together. The discussion should be a little longer.”

“Very positive.”

“The last part of the discussion.”

“Longer time period for everything.”