Campus, city plan Martin Luther King tribute events

In the decades since the dawn of the civil rights movement in the United States, the country has struggled to come to grips with issues of race and equality. The campus will take a look at aspects of history and culture this month as it honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then celebrates Black History Month in February.

In addition to a talk by civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams on Jan. 23 (See related story), a number of events have been planned.

President Sidney Ribeau will be the speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. tribute program hosted by the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission, the office of the mayor and the chamber of commerce. The program includes musical entertainment by the Bowling Green High School Madrigal Singers. The event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) in the atrium of the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.

On campus, events in honor of King include the fifth annual gospel festival, sponsored by the Gospel Choir, at 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 18) and Saturday (Jan. 19) in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Shift . . . Moving to What God Has Called Me to Be” will feature guest choirs from Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, with recording artists Rock Nation, Amante Lacey, Alexis Calloway, RnB and Breath of Praise. Ticket prices for BGSU students are $7 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for both. For others, prices are $10, $20 and $25, respectively. Tickets are available in the student union and will also be sold at the door.

The Black Student Union will host “Remembering Martin Luther King: His Legacy Continues” from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 in 308 Union.

The University Libraries and the Office of Equity and Diversity will present a tribute program on “Civil Rights to Social Justice: From Hip-Hop to the Jena Six,” with Dr. Rodney Coates, a professor of sociology, gerontology and black world studies at MiamI University, and Ramona Coleman-Bell, an American culture studies doctoral student and ethnic studies instructor at BGSU. Their presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 in the Pallister Conference Room in Jerome Library.

In addition, University Dining Services will offer a Southern-style buffet in the Bowling Greenery at the union Jan. 29 at a cost of $6.95.

Read the Jan. 28 Monitor for a listing of February Black History Month events.

January 14, 2008