Celebrate the Legacy: A Voice in the Crowd (MLK Day Celebration)

Celebrate the Legacy: A Voice in the Crowd (MLK Day Celebration)

Title: Celebrate the Legacy: A Voice in the Crowd (MLK Day Celebration)
Location: The Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom, 1793 N. High Street
Description: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, social analyst, hip-hop intellectual, ordained minister, radio commentator, bestselling author and Georgetown University Professor, will be the keynote speaker at The Ohio State University’s 40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, January 10, 2012. This week-long celebration based on the theme: Celebrate the Legacy; A Voice in the Crowd will focus on King’s work for a free and just democracy.

Dyson, a prominent African American scholar, has been named by Essence magazine as one of the 40 most inspiring African-Americans and by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans. He has been nominated for the prestigious NAACP Image Award three times – and has won it twice.

While Dyson has taught at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, including Brown, UNC at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania and Columbia, his influence has carried far beyond the academy – into political conventions and union halls, prisons and bookstores, church sanctuaries and lecture stages – across the world. Dyson has also taken the media by storm through appearances on The Today Show, ABC News Nightline, The O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show and Real Time with Bill Maher – and he has galvanized star appeal on such shows as Rap City, Def Poetry Jam and The Colbert Report. Dyson is also the host of the syndicated radio show, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, which addresses social, cultural and political issues in a contemporary vein.

Dyson’s powerful scholarship has won him legions of admirers and has made him what The Washington Post terms a “superstar professor”. His fearless and fiery oratory led the Chronicle of Higher Education to declare, that with his rhetorical gifts, he “can rock classroom and chapel alike.” Vanity Fair magazine has described him as “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.”

Dyson will deliver his keynote address in the Archie Griffin Ballroom in The Ohio Union located at 1739 N. High Street on The Ohio State University Campus at 7:00 PM. In addition to Dyson’s address, the university will honor the 2012 MLK Dream Award winner to an outstanding member of the university or community and the MLK Scholarships will be awarded to juniors and seniors at OSU for outstanding grades and service activities on campus.

Musical tributes will be given by the African American Voices Gospel Choir at The Ohio State University with a special tribute to the late Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. The event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by Radio One, Power 107.5 WCKX and Magic 106.3 WXMG and The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center. Co-sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Chapter and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Chapter.

If you have questions about access, wish to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for a disability, please contact Larry Williamson, Jr. at 614-292-0074 or Williamson.1@osu.edu. Early requests are encouraged, a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access.

Ms. Liz Cook at 614-292-7276 or Lawrence K. Williamson, Jr. at 614-292-0074

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-01-10
End Time: 21:00

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