Hiram College

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hiram College is honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong celebration beginning on Monday, Jan. 21, the holiday commemorating his life and work.

A range of activities are planned for the week. Please see below for details on each event.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Viewing of the short documentary “Bayard and Me” by Matt Wolf

12:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall

Bayard Rustin organized Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963, but due to his identity as a gay man, it was years before he received recognition as one of the key unsung leaders of the civil rights movement. In viewing this short film, learn about his successful organization of nonviolent protests and ability to legally maneuver his personal life.

Safe Zone Training

1-5 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall 

Facilitated by the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland, this training is designed to provide a welcoming environment for all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of individuals who agree to challenge oppression, promote an atmosphere of respect, and serve as safe spaces in our community. The four-hour training is for faculty, staff, and students. Please email Dee West at westde@hiram.edu to register.

*Please note: Due to inclement weather, this event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An Evening with MC Lyte

7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Ballroom

Known as the first feminist of hip-hop, legendary rapper, and entertainer, MC Lyte successfully used her voice and determination as a female artist to navigate the powerful early stages of what is now a global, multibillion dollar, hip hop industry. In addition to her influence in rap, Lyte is a talented film and television actor, music producer, entrepreneur, and human rights activist. Her talk “The Impact of Hip Hop on Civil Rights and Social Justice” will cover a myriad of topics, including a call to action for respect and collaboration even among those who seemingly have extreme political and cultural differences.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Game

6 and 8 p.m. Price Gymnasium

Join us for an exciting night of basketball as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Denison University. If possible wear something black or Hiram gear to signify Hiram unity. Regardless of attire, come out and cheer on our Terriers! Half time events will be coordinated by SAAC.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bread and Soup’s “Tributes and Perspectives on Inclusive Excellence” Open Mic Contest

5 p.m. Kennedy Center, Dix Dining Hall

Enjoy a delicious meal while witnessing Hiram’s amazing poets, lyricists, musicians, spoken-word artists and performance artists bringing to life the true essence of MLK week: character, community and unity! Bread and Soup nights are a Hiram College tradition that benefits families suffering from chronic hunger and food shortage within our region. Students with meal plans may use swipe-access, while those without meal plans will be charged $6.


For more information about the week of events, please contact Dee West at westde@hiram.edu or 330.569.5237.