Regional MLK Day celebrations planned

By Tara Jones -

LIMA — The region’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations will offer a range in topics, from the civil rights movements in the 1960s to how we can carry out an inclusive culture today.

LaShonda Gurley, Director of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University, said it is important not only to celebrate King’s legacy, but also to find ways to continue to implement his philosophies as our culture becomes more global and diverse.

“If we don’t continue to reflect on and look for ways to explore what his philosophy was, it will hurt us going forward,” Gurley said. “We might be apt to repeat these mistakes in our future … We can call on the elements of Dr. King’s speeches instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.”

St. John’s Evangelical Church — 3 p.m. Sunday

Hardin County Talks is presenting “She Sang Freedom,” a interactive musical program that explores how black female musicians use music as a means of documenting and promoting the struggle of equality and social justice. The performance will navigate the themes of slavery and the campaigns of the 1960s. The event is free and open to public.

Veterans Memorial Civic Center — 8 a.m. Monday

The Sisters In Service Foundation is hosting its 24th annual memorial breakfast, presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The featured speaker is Minister Charlene Free, President of Designed Destiny Ministries of Columbus. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old at

Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University — 11 a.m. Tuesday

Bluffton University is hosting speaker Nate Fields with, “Reflections on Community Service and Servant Leadership: Then and Now.” It will focus on his witness to pivotal community services, social justice and economic initiatives across Africa and the Middle East. The event is free and open to public.

English Chapel, Ohio Northern University — 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ohio Northern University’s keynote speaker Michael Benitez is discussing the theme, “The time is always now: Upholding legacies of diversity leadership in 21st century America.” Benitez is the current dean of diversity and inclusion and Title IX officer at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. The event is free and open to public.

Winebrenner Building Auditorium, University of Findlay — Noon Wednesday

The University of Findlay is featuring speakers Ingrid Godfrey, a 2015 alumna, and current students Sadia Akhter Aurna and Olunife Akinmolayan. Godfrey recently completed two years in the Peace Corps as a health education specialist in Maldova. The event is free and open to public.

By Tara Jones

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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