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Published 2/05/03
Northwest Ohio Community Leaders to Discuss The Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At Owens Community College, Feb. 6

A consortium of Northwest Ohio's educators and leaders will gather at Owens Community College to discuss the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, February 6, continuing the College's on-going celebration of Black History Month.

The forum titled "Is the Dream Alive" will occur at 11:30 a.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Rooms 125-128 (AVCC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Honoring Dr. King's many accomplishments, the program will begin by viewing one of the civil rights leader's most famous and notable speeches - "I Have a Dream". A panel discussion focusing on diversity issues prevalent in today 's society will follow the airing of the speech.

Clyde Hughes, a Writer with The Blade and President of the Northwest Ohio Black Media Association, will serve as moderator for the open forum discussion. Among the six panel members are Robert Torres, Manager of Entrepreneurship, City of Toledo; Johnny Mickler Sr., President and CEO, Greater Toledo Urban League; Juanita Green, Director, Toledo Board of Community Relations; Marshall Rose, Director of Affirmative Action, Bowling Green State University; Samuel Hancock, Director of Affirmative Action, Medical College of Ohio, and Dr. Brian Bethune, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, Owens Community College.

"Owens Community College is honored to serve as the forum to such a distinguished panel of experts whose engaging dialogue will bring to the forefront issues concerning race and diversity," said Tammie Hechler, Owens Coordinator of Employment/Diversity. "There is no better springboard for such discussions than focusing on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision and commitment to equality."

The program also will include a power point presentation of famous photos depicting many notable civil rights moments involving Dr. King. Each individual attending the forum will receive a copy of the "I Have a Dream" speech.

For additional information about the event, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7102 or (567) 661-7102.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.



 

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