7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

​​​​Thursday, January 21, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Alford Performing Arts Hall at
The John Gilbert Reese Center

Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments provided.

A panel discussion titled “We All Matter: Reality or a Perception of Reality” will be held with a questio​n and
answer session to follow.

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.

Program Introduction:
6:00-6:10 p.m.     Vorley Taylor

6:10-6:20 p.m.     Heath Cliff Rothman: Everyone Matters

6:20-6:30 p.m.     Joshua Bates: Black Lives Matters

6:30-6:45 p.m.     Alam Payind: Islam and Muslims, and extremist Islamist organizations in the 21st Century (Muslims Matters)

6:45-7:00 p.m.     Q&A & wrap up

Following Panel Presentation:

7:00 p.m.     Refreshment & Breakout sessions (up close and personal discussions in small group format)

7:05-7:30 p.m.
Auditorium  – Everyone Matters and facilitated by Michael King

Room 153 – Black Lives Matter facilitated by Joshua Bates and Peter Hennen

Room 155 – Muslims Matters facilitated by Alam Payind and Melinda McClimans

HeathCliff Rothman, president, Everyone Matters.
Joshua Bates, Program Assistant for the Boys & Men of Color Initiative at the Kirwan Institute at The Ohio State University
Alam Payind, Director of the Middle East 
Studies Center at The Ohio State University

Contact: Multicultural Affairs Program Manager Vorley Taylor, 740.366.9443.​