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Delaware's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Plans Two Special Events


January 9, 2007

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ohio Wesleyan University and the Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee are planning two special events: a sermon at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at William Street Methodist Church and a Celebration Breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Hamilton-Williams Campus Center on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus. Both events are open to the public.

The Rev. C. Joseph Sprague, former bishop of the Chicago Episcopal Area (Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist Church) and an honorary doctoral recipient of Ohio Wesleyan, will deliver the sermon at William Street Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware. The theme of the Jan. 14 event is “Let the Trumpet Sound: A White Cleric’s Gratitude for the Drum Major.” Admission to the event is free.

On Jan. 15, the Rev. Charles Booth will serve as the featured speaker for the 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast at Ohio Wesleyan. Booth has taught at several seminaries including the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and is the lead author in a book of sermons from African-American preachers. His address, titled “What Do We Do With The Dream?” will focus on how the current generation can replicate King’s impact in today’s world.

In addition to honoring the 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship winners, the event also will feature a musical tribute to the late Dr. C. Everett Tilson, an ordained United Methodist minister, local philanthropist, and civil rights activist who was instrumental in the community’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events until his death in June 2006. Individual tickets for the breakfast are $15, with the option of sponsoring an eight-person table for $120. For reservations, contact Theresa Byrd at 740-368-3246.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.