Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration to be held January 17

January 5, 2018—Newark, OH — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark will hold their ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Derek DeHart will present "A Dream Deferred: The Uncertain Future of DACA and Dreamers." The event will be held in the John Gilbert Reese Center's Alford Performing Arts Hall located at 1209 University Drive, Newark campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Commemoration 2018.jpgThe United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Sep. 5, 2017. Just one month later, on Oct. 5, DHS stopped accepting renewal applications, propelling an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, into a state of fear and uncertainty about their futures. DeHart will explore DACA's benefits and protections, program qualifications and the broader socioeconomic impacts of Congress acting—or failing to act—to codify DACA through legislation.

DeHart is co-founder and chief operations officer of DACA Time, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to lower the barriers to success for DACA Dreamers in the United States.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at COTC and Ohio State Newark. Questions may be directed to Vorley Taylor, program director, at or 740.366.9443.