Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware Community to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy with Special Events
December 19, 2007
This year’s observance will begin with the 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day worship service at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St.
On Monday, Jan. 21, the community is invited to continue the celebration of the civil rights leader’s legacy with the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast celebration at 8 a.m. in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Individual breakfast tickets are $15, with eight-person table sponsorships available for $120. For reservations, contact Theresa Byrd at (740) 368-3246.
Both the worship service and the breakfast will feature remarks from Frank W. Hale Jr., Ph.D., vice provost and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University.
Hale earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and his doctorate in communication and political science from Ohio State. He worked in higher education for 54 years and held full professorships at Central State University (Ohio), Oakwood College (Alabama), and Ohio State.
Before joining the OSU staff, Hale was president of Oakwood College. At Ohio State, he served as associate dean and chairman of the fellowship committee of the graduate school and later as vice provost for minority affairs. After his retirement, he was appointed a distinguished university representative and consultant in the president’s office. OSU’s Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, which opened in 1989, recognizes his achievements as a teacher, scholar, administrator, author, and college president.
Throughout his career, Hale served on many regional and national boards, including the United Negro College Fund, Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), and the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.
He has authored and edited 11 books and published more than 50 articles in professional journals. Recent publications include his autobiography, “Angels Watching Over Me”; his best seller, “What Makes Diversity Work in Higher Education”; and “Black Colleges Empower Black Students: Lessons for Higher Education.”
Also to honor King’s legacy, Ohio Wesleyan will host several events throughout the day on Jan. 21 to allow people to discuss and share their insights on how to live his dream. These special events are free and open to the public.
Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.
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