For the 26th year, the BW and Berea communities unite for a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., "Living the Legacy," beginning Monday, Jan. 18.

26th Annual MLK Week Calls on Community to “Live the Legacy”

January 7, 2016

mlk candlelight-march-2015-previewThe Baldwin Wallace University and Berea communities will come together for a weeklong, shared tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. beginning with a community prayer breakfast and Candlelight March on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 and running through Sat., Jan. 23.

This will mark the 26th year for the joint observance, with a 2016 theme of "Living the Legacy."

Events Planned for All Ages

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration features a range of events and programs to bring awareness to the goals, ideals and dreams of the late civil rights leader. In addition to the candlelight march through the streets of Berea and prayer breakfast, the observance will include what is expected to be a powerful, Tuesday evening address by the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, with a gospel music celebration led by BW Voices of Praise as a prelude in the hour before the keynote.

A Wednesday BW Career Service panel on “Socially Responsible Careers,” and programming aimed at inspiring Berea students of all ages is also on the agenda. New this year, BW’s student Diversity Council is organizing a culminating field trip to the Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

McMickle Returns to Cleveland to Deliver Keynote Address

mlk-mcmickle-2016-keynote-150Scholar, faith leader and social activist, Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, returns to Cleveland to deliver the MLK keynote address on the topic of "building communities of trust." His appearance is jointly sponsored by Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series and the MLK Week Committee. 

Until his appointment as the 12th President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York in 2011, Dr. McMickle was a longtime pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland. On the forefront of social, racial and economic justice, he led the church to establish innovative ministries for people with HIV/AIDS, alcoholism, joblessness and hunger.

While in Cleveland, McMickle also served on the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University, as president of the Shaker Heights Board of education, and as president of both the local NAACP and Urban League chapters. He is also the author of 15 books and many published articles.

Collaborative Commemoration Unites Area Communities

mlk-week-2016-banner-previewBW, the Berea City Schools, the Cuyahoga County Library’s Berea Branch and local churches and civic groups all come together to produce and participate in the award-winning commemoration.

The complete schedule of MLK Week events is as follows (events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted); click on the title for more details:

Annual Prayer Breakfast

Monday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.
Mt Zion Baptist Church, 572 Pearl St. Berea

Candlelight March

Monday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Durst Welcome Center, 115 Tressel St., Berea

Legacy Gospel Music Service

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road

Keynote EQ Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Rd.

Socially Responsible Careers

Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3, 120 East Grand St., Berea 

Creative Expressions – Media Presentation

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Berea Branch, 7 Berea Commons, Berea

MLK Day of Learning

Thursday, Jan. 21
Not open to the public.

Chapel Worship Service

Thursday, Jan. 21, 12:15 p.m.
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St. , Berea

Student Diversity Council Freedom Center Field Trip

Saturday, Jan. 23
Not open to the public.

For more information about any of these ML King Week activities or events, call 440-826-2325 or 440-826-2157. For general directions to Baldwin Wallace University, visit #BWMLK2016