The University of Findlay celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a week of service and events in January. The MLK Celebration provides an opportunity for our campus community to reflect on the principles of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate his life and legacy. The program, in its' sixth year, has featured Barry Scott
, Afro Blue
, Wilson Okello
, The Reginald Golden Singers
and Sho Baraka
. The program includes remarks from the president of our university and the student government association, student presentations (e.g. song, poetry), a unity walk, reflection, and prayer.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day events are sponsored by The University of Findlay Diversity Initiative and the Buford Center for Diversity and Service. For more information, contact Jenn Butler, Buford Center program coordinator, at 419-434-5855 or [email protected]
The 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. week events included a toiletry drive, MLK Celebration, Buford Dialogue, Revive: An Evening with Seth and Nirva, and the Mobile Food Pantry.
"Before coming to this MLK celebration I was not sure what to expect. I have never attended anything like this before, and am very glad that I attended. The songs sung were very inspiring, and related to my life as a student. One of the last songs that they sang was Soldier On, and the lyrics to this song talked about every battle is worth fighting for and no matter what, one should always continue on. I also liked how the speaker talked about how we need to focus on others watching us and using our actions as encouragement and inspiration because we are shepherds. Overall, I believe that these types of celebrations are vital in order to create peace and happiness."
"This experience in particular made me truly realize what people really went through in the days of Dr. King. I had finally somewhat understood the state of terror that African Americans went through with not knowing if something terrible was going to happen at any minute. That is why I believe that I felt that this ceremony was so empowering and inspiring."
"It was also really nice to see everyone coming together, especially when our country seems to be so divided. It gave me hope, and I'm glad that I went. It has also encouraged me to branch out more and attend different events on campus in the future."