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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity leads the 2017 Silent March down Court Street

Photographer: Emily Matthews

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Take a closer look at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Silent March and Brunch [PHOTOS]


The 2017 Ohio University Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which carries the theme "A Matter of Legacy," kicked off over the weekend with the "Prophetic Faith in the Age of Black Lives Matter" event on Saturday.

On Monday, the events continued with the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Silent March and Brunch.

After a large crowd of campus and community people marched from Galbreath Chapel on College Green to the fourth floor of Baker University Center, more than 350 people enjoyed the Athens debut of Baltimore’s Singing Sensations Youth Choir. Before the choir performed, event host Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity presented Dr. Roderick J. McDavis with a framed photo of himself as an appreciation gift for his outstanding service as he enters his last month as president.

The brunch also featured comments from Athens Mayor Steve Patterson, a spoken word performance from alumnus Derrick Holifield, a performance from the Athens Black Contemporary Dancers and junior Hannah Britton’s personal reflection on the presidency of Dr. McDavis. 

On Tuesday, the “Teach-In: Using Creative Expression to Engage” took place in the Baker University Center Front Room at noon and the “You Said What?: Responding Thoughtfully to Oppressive Comments and Attitudes” workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.at the First United Methodist Church located at 2 S. College St.

On Wednesday, the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors’ Meet and Greet event will take place in the Baker University Center Theatre at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, the Creative Arts as Activism Open Stage will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Casa Nueva located at 6 W. State St. in Uptown Athens. Email Ebony Porter at portere@ohio.edu to reserve a performance time in advance.

The celebration wraps up with the “Day of Service” on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Baker University Center Room 366. To volunteer, contact Barb Harrison at 740-593-4098.

To find out more about each of the events, visit www.ohio.edu/diversity/mlk.cfm.

Take a look at some of the best photos from Monday's Silent March and Brunch.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Elijah Cohen-Denson (left) and Marquis Maines (right) lead the annual Silent March across College Green on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

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Students hold civil rights signs while walking down Court Street in Uptown Athens during the Jan. 16 Ohio University Silent March. 

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Senior Alpha Phi Alpha member Tyrin Rome addresses the crowd inside Baker University Center at the end of the 2017 Silent March.

Students at brunch MLK

Ohio University students enjoy their food during the 2017 MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch in the Baker University Center Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

MLK Brunch staff table

Ohio University faculty and staff members socialize before the start of the 2017 MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch in the Baker University Center Ballroom on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Hannah Britton

Ohio University junior strategic communications major Hannah Britton shares her personal reflections of the presidency of Dr. Roderick J. McDavis during the 2017 MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch in Baker University Center on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

Alphas present McDavis

Ohio University Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members pose with President Roderick J. McDavis after presenting him with a framed photo of himself during the 2017 MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch in Baker University Center on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The gift was presented to Dr. McDavis to thank him for his outstanding service to the University as he enters his final month on the job.

MLK Brunch McDavis

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis shared some inspirational words of wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. toward the end of the annual MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch on Monday, Jan. 17. He also thanked the audience for their support of his presidency that will end in February after nearly 13 years.

Singing Sensations

The Singing Sensations Youth Choir from Baltimore, Maryland, provided the entertainment during the annual MLK Jr. Celebration Brunch. The choir, which has traveled around the world, has more than 40 members ages 5 to 18.

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A large crowd of campus and community members gathers outside Galbreath Chapel on College Green to particpate in the annual MLK Jr. Celebration Silent March on Monday, Jan. 16.