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Michelle Alexander will deliver the 2014 MLK Week Keynote, in conjunction with Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series.

2013 MLK Week Songfest

2013 MLK Week Candlelight March

MLK Week 2014 Focuses on “Uniting the Community to Advance the Dream”

Baldwin Wallace University, the city of Berea and surrounding communities will come together for a weeklong, shared tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Sunday, January 19, 2014.

This will mark the 24th year for the joint observance, under the 2014 banner of "Uniting the Community to Advance the Dream." The event features a range of events and programs to bring awareness to the goals, ideals and dreams of the late civil rights leader.

A candlelight march through the streets of Berea, community prayer breakfast, Creative Expressions student video presentation, gospel songfest and interactive "Your Feet: My Shoes" exhibit are among the activities. BW, the Berea City Schools, Berea library, local churches and civic groups all come together to produce and participate in the award-winning commemoration.

Acclaimed Civil Rights Lawyer and Provocative Author to Deliver MLK Week Keynote Address

An acclaimed civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, exposes with bold candor racial injustice in the criminal justice system. Author of The New York Times best selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Alexander asserts the U.S. "War on Drugs" is a primary tool for enforcing traditional as well as new modes of discrimination and repression of African-American men and others. She has appeared on national radio and television, and is the recipient of the NAACP Image Award for "outstanding literary work of non-fiction."

Alexander’s appearance is co-sponsored by BW's Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series and will take place in the Kleist Center for Art & Drama on January 23.

The complete schedule of MLK Week events is as follows (events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted):

Songfest 2014

Sunday, January 19, 4 p.m.
United Methodist Church of Berea
170 Seminary St., Berea
A gospel music celebration featuring BW’s Voices of Praise and Berea-Midpark High School choirs and other performing artists.

Annual Prayer Breakfast

Monday, January 20, 9 a.m.
Mt Zion Baptist Church (formerly First Baptist Church)
572 Pearl St., Berea
A reflective celebration featuring music, readings, an inspirational talk by "Realizing Your Potential" program director, Susan Malone, and a delicious breakfast.

Candlelight March

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE 1/21: Outdoor march has been canceled due to cold weather. Instead, gather at the CIG for reflection and refreshments!

The march will begin at the Berea-Midpark High School at 165 East Bagley Rd., Berea and move westward on Bagley Road ending at BW’s Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG) at 340 Front St., with refreshments and a brief reflection.

Creative Expressions – Video Presentation

Wednesday, January 22, 7 p.m.
Berea Branch Library
7 Berea Commons, Berea
A reception showcasing short videos that celebrate the ideals and legacy of Dr. King prepared by students from Berea-Midpark High School and BW's Upward Bound program.

MLK Day of Learning

Thursday, January 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
BW and Berea-Midpark High School students host educational and interactive activities based on Dr. King's legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. Visiting fourth grade students gain an understanding of his vision. Not open to the public.

Chapel Worship Service

Thursday, January 23, Noon
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
56 Seminary St., Berea
All are welcome to worship at this service to honor the memory of Dr. King.

Keynote Speaker: Michelle Alexander

Thursday, January 23, 8 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 East Bagley Road, Berea
Acclaimed civil rights lawyer, legal scholar and author, Michelle Alexander, delivers the week's keynote speech. Part of "Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series."

Your Feet: My Shoes Interactive Exhibit

Friday, January 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Strosacker Hall- Student Union
120 E. Grand St., Berea
People of Color United hosts an interactive maze displaying common issues and "isms" we face in today's society, stimulating greater awareness and understanding.

Commemorating MLK and the Fight for Freedom Display

Through February 2014, regular library hours
BW Ritter Library
A display of artifacts and books from the Rev. Dr. Paul and Josephine Mayer Rare Book Room, including facsimile copies from the March on Washington, rare books that have inspired freedom through the ages,and works from Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Edward Kuekes.

For more information about any of these ML King Week activities or events, call 440-826-2325 or 440-826-2157. For general directions Baldwin Wallace University, visit
Posted November 2013

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