Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. In remembrance of this historic occasion, Otterbein will be conducting several programs throughout the year leading up to the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Tuesday, January 28 2014 at 3:00pm. Our first event is a speak out on Wednesday, August 28 in reflection of the famous "I Have a Dream" speech given that same day. Come join us on the Campus Center patio from 4-6:00pm as students, faculty, staff and community leaders reflect on what Martin's iconic speech and vision mean to them. In addition, there will be a dynamic performance of the speech given by Otterbein's own Jordan Donica.
Monday, October 28: The Dream Continued – During this program, students will have the opportunity to explore the dream within. We each have our own goals and ambitions that drive our daily journey. However, there are social and institutional systems that we encounter which can prevent us from fulfilling our dream. This program takes an in depth look at the relationship between our dreams and the systems that have been put into place.
Thursday, November 21: Activism & Social Justice – Activism has played a key role in the development of each country. When we look at freedom and justice overall, we often see both rapid and slow progression of human rights. This event highlights some of the many activists who have strived for human equality and both the successes and challenges of the rights they fought to implement. In addition, we discuss our role in activism and the opportunities we have to further the progression.
Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Justice Awards
Nominations were accepted through January 11 for the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice Awards. Otterbein University promotes individual self-awareness and responsibility to and for the greater society. It encourages faculty, staff, and students to educate themselves and demonstrate humane values, much like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Award for Peace and Justice established in his honor is presented annually at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation to members of the Otterbein community who demonstrate the ideals he represented.
Learn more about the award.