7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration to be held January 21

NEWARK, Ohio, January 11, 2016 — The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College will hold its 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. A panel discussion titled “We All Matter: Reality or a Perception of Reality” will be held in the John Gilbert Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall.

“On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his last speech called “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” It encompassed the thoughts, passion and drive behind the Civil Rights Movement and the people who organized it,” said Multicultural Affairs Program Manager Vorley Taylor. “The Civil Rights Era was a troublesome time in our history that was filled with issues of disrespect, inequality, brutality and corruption. Movements for justice emerged as people witnessed travesties and needed answers for restoration of peace and calm. There are many similarities between what is happening today and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.”

Representatives from several present day social movements like Everyone Matters, What’s the Issue Foundation and Black Lives Matter will be on hand to discuss their causes. Officials from the Kirwan Institute from The Ohio State University, an interdisciplinary engaged research institute, will also be part of the discussion. Panelists will discuss issues such as societal norms, historical facts, social media, perceptions, stereotypes, behaviors and attitudes.

There will be a question and answer session after the panel members give short presentations. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State’s 200 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.