Monday was a holiday for the campus community, but hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members turned up early at OSU for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
As the audience enjoyed quiche and potatoes, keynote speaker Richard Lapchick spoke about his life’s dedication to social justice, and how his efforts to fight for equality in the sports world often landed him in harm’s way, including being physically assaulted on occasion.
The event also highlighted the work of three OSU community members who received awards for their work in the areas of social justice and community.
Associate Professor Deanna Kingston in the department of Anthropology received the Phyllis S. Lee Award for her work, including her dedication to documenting the lives of King Islanders.
Assistant Professor Juan Antonio Trujillo in the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures received the Frances Dancy Hooks Coalition Builders Award for his tireless dedication to service, and business administration student Hunnan Pope received the same award for his cross-cultural work.
A cappella group Outspoken performed several songs during the event, and later in the day, a birthday celebration for King, a candlelight vigil and a discussion were held, as part of a several week celebration of King’s legacy.
~ Theresa Hogue