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2013 keynote speaker, Rev C.T. Vivian, (photo courtesy of the National Civil Rights Museum) More information linked here.

2012 Candlelight March

MLK Day of Learning - 2012

"Bridging the Gap from Dream to Reality" is the theme for MLK Week 2013

The Baldwin Wallace University and Berea communities will unite for a weeklong, shared tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Sunday, January 20, 2013.

This will mark the 23rd year for the joint observance which takes on the theme "Bridging the Gap from Dream to Reality."  The event features a range of hands-on events and programs to bring awareness to the goals, ideals and dreams of the late civil rights leader.

A candlelight march, prayer breakfast, student essay contest, gospel songfest and interactive "Your Feet: My Shoes" exhibit are among the activities. BW students and employees, local churches, schools and civic groups all come together to produce and participate in the award-winning commemoration. 

Civil Rights Living Legend to Deliver MLK Week Talk

Rev. C.T. Vivian, a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver the week's keynote speech on Wednesday, January 23 at 8 p.m. Vivian's eloquence and steadfast commitment to equality continue to shape our nation and he provides a testimony to the powerful success of non-violent activism in racial justice and democracy.

In 1947 Vivian worked to eliminate segregated lunch counters. He later founded the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, organizing the first sit-ins there in 1960 and first civil rights march. He was a rider on the first “Freedom Bus” and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He provided counsel to four U.S. presidents and continues to impact human rights and liberties.

Vivian's presentation is co-sponsored by BW's Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series. His talk will take place in the Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea. Find out more here.

The schedule of MLK Week events is as follows

(events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted):

Songfest 2013
Sunday, January 20, 4 p.m.

United Methodist Church, 170 Seminary St., Berea
A gospel music celebration featuring church, school and college/university choirs, plus other performing artists.

Annual Prayer Breakfast
Monday, January 21, 9 a.m.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church (formerly 1st Baptist), 572 Pearl St., Berea
A reflective celebration featuring music, readings, an inspirational speaker and a delicious breakfast.

Candlelight March
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
Gather at BW's Lou Higgins Center, 136 E Bagley Road, Berea
All are invited to march in the strong, steady light of Dr. Martin Luther King's accomplishments and the spirit of hope he inspired. 

Civil Rights Political Cartoon and History Display
Monday, January 21 – February 28
(Link to library hours)
Ritter Library (lobby), 57 E. Bagley Road, Berea
A display of original political cartoons from Pulitzer Prize winning artist Edward Kuekes focusing on civil rights including the cartoon that was published in The Plain Dealer the day of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream…” speech. Also on display will be a variety of artifacts and books detailing the history of civil rights in America, including a 1792 edition of the famous pamphlet Common Sense.

Keynote Speaker: Rev. C.T Vivian
Wednesday, January 23, 8 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea
A living legend of the Civil Rights Movement will deliver the week's keynote speech. Part of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series. More information here.

MLK Day of Learning
Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Aiming to honor the memory of Dr. King through service to the community, BW's Office of Community Outreach invites fourth graders from Berea’s Grindstone Elementary School to campus to participate in educational activities based on Dr. King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. BW students, faculty, and staff serve as volunteer facilitators. Not open to the public.

Chapel Worship Service
Thursday, January 24, Noon
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
56 Seminary St., Berea

A service to honor the memory of Dr. King.

Art and Essay Contest/Reception
Thursday, January 24, 7 p.m.
Cuyahoga County Public Library, Berea Branch, 7 Berea Commons, Berea
An event recognizing student essays and artwork about Dr. King. Winners and participants from the Berea City Schools will be guests at a special reception and the winning entries will be on display.

"Your Feet: My Shoes"
Friday, January 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Strosacker Hall- College Union, Sandstone III, 120 E. Grand St., Berea
People of Color United host an interactive maze displaying common issues and "isms" we face in today's society. This exhibit stimulates understanding, awareness, and appreciation for the topics (See video.)

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

Posted 11/12

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