Hiram College

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Hiram College has planned several events for the week of January 17th. The 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee consists of Parker Suddeth, Richard Shafranek, Dee West, and Committee Chair Jason Bricker-Thompson.

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011 –  NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE PROJECT

Volunteers are needed to participate in a mid-morning, indoor service project that will focus on working with less privileged youth in Portage County.   To participate, sign up at the Welcome Center.

For more information contact: Jason Bricker-Thompson.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011  –   POVERTY SIMULATION EXERCISE

12 –  1 p.m. – The Kennedy Center Ballroom

12% of Portage County residents live below the Federal Poverty Threshold (FPT), a 2% increase from 2007 (source:  www.empowermentportage.com).  The rate of poverty in Portage County is increasing.  Join members of Empowerment Portage County who will lead us in an informative interactive exercise on the complex reality of poverty and its devastating effects.

For more information contact:  Richard Shafranek, VISTA Volunteer

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011 –   FRIDAY, JANUARY, 21,2011

HIRAM’S LUNCH COUNTER SIT-IN FOR SOCIAL   JUSTICE

12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm daily  –  The Welcome Center

On February 1, 1960, four African American college students sat down at a lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service. Their request was refused. When asked to leave, they remained in their seats. Their passive resistance and peaceful sit-down demand helped ignite a youth-led movement to challenge racial inequality throughout the South. Patterned after this event, we invite you to participate in a simulated sit-in for social justice.  More specifically, the Welcome Center will be transformed into a “lunch counter” comprised of six stools on which volunteers will sit silently in 1 hour increments.   Each day will feature a specific social justice theme.  However, feel free to request a specific theme for your seat!   Sign Up for a Seat at the Welcome Center.    Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to participate!

Themes:    Wednesday, January 19 – Sit-in for Poverty and Economic Justice!

Thursday, January 20 – Sit-in for Equality for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered+

Friday, January 21 – Sit-in for Racial Justice and Human Equality

For more information contact: Dee West

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 – A CELEBRATION IN SONG:  GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT

2 p.m. – The Kennedy Center Ballroom

Gospel music was sung at sit-ins, boycotts, peaceful protest marches, church meetings or en-route to one of the many “Jim Crow” Jails. This powerful music conveyed the urgency of the freedom struggle and the absolute need for change.  Join us for an afternoon of gospel music performances by Hiram’s own gospel choir and several guest choirs.

For more information contact:  Parker Suddeth, 2011 MLK Chair