Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration Scheduled

​January 9, 2015—Newark, OH—The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) invite the public to the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center's Alford Performing Arts Hall. This year's theme is "The New Civil Rights Movement: A New Consciousness" and the keynote speaker is Ohio Civil Rights Commission Executive Director, G. Michael Payton, J.D. This event is free and open to the public.Payton_Michael.jpg

Payton serves as Executive Director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (, the state law enforcement agency that administers the Ohio Civil Rights Act in the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and disabilities in higher education while conducting education and outreach. He oversees a statewide staff of 80 employees who investigate over 4,000 charges of discrimination annually.

In previous roles Payton has served as Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Operations for the Commission as well as serving as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio for 11 years. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

This event is sponsored by The Freedom School in Licking County and the Multicultural Affairs Office and Student Cultural Council at COTC and Ohio State Newark. For more information, contact Janet Greene with The Freedom School at 740-641-2328 or or Vorley Taylor, Program Manager of Multicultural Affairs with COTC and Ohio State Newark at

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 175 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.