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Central College Remembering 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Visit – KNIA / KRLS Radio

Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 5:55 am Author: KNIA/KRLS News Staff

Central College is marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s address on campus on the week of March 20-24.

The college has planned several events to honor Kings legacy and vision, as well as celebrate ways that Central participates in ongoing efforts toward social justice.

NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director Jacqui Patterson will be in residence March 20-21. Her address, Dr. Kings Beloved Community, is free and open to the public at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Upper Chapel. Patterson will speak about community leadership toward human and civil rights, including environmental injustices that disproportionately impact communities of color and low income areas in the U.S. and around the world.

Project manager and historical researcher for the Iowa Civil Rights Trails Project Charles Pearson will also present a community event at Central on Tuesday, March 21. Pearson will lead a discussion about preserving Iowa civil rights sites related to King at 7 p.m. in Maytag Student Centers van Emmerik Studio and is also free to attend.

On Wednesday, March 22 at noon, Central will dedicate a new display commemorating Kings visit to campus in the Maytag Student Center. On that date in 1967, King urged more than 1,300 listeners in Centrals gymnasium to believe that positive change and progress toward social equality can occur through collective action and courageous individuals. A photo and plaque were first hung on campus in 1969, when students marked the first anniversary of Kings death with a silent march and memorial service. Central College president Mark Putnam and guests of the 1967 event will speak during a short program.

This is a unique occasion, said assistant dean of students T. Todd Masman, for the college to honor the 1967 visit of Dr. King and challenge ourselves to explore and live up to the ideals which he challenged us to strive for and attain, from social justice to environmental justice to economic prosperity to truly create a beloved community. The weeks events are sponsored by Centrals office of the president, student development and sustainability education.

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Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas showed up to game wearing same shirt design – For The Win

By: Alysha Tsuji | March 8, 2017 9:53 pm

Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas arrived at Oracle Arena before the Warriors vs. Celtics game on Wednesday night wearing the exact same shirt design. Its definitely something you dont see very often two opposing players wearing matching outfits.

The design features Martin Luther King Jr., and perhaps well hear more about why they both chose to wear it at some point.

We were able to track down a site where the shirt is sold, farfetch.com. You can buy one for $239, but its in low stock.

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Englewood homeless shelter seeks donations to reopen after fire – Chicago Tribune

A homeless shelter on the South Side is hoping to raise enough money to repair and reopen the facility nearly two months after a fire forced it to close and left some young adults scrambling to find another place to stay.

The fire broke out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Ujima Village Shelter, said A. Anne Holcomb, supportive services supervisor at Unity Parenting and Counseling, a nonprofit that runs the Englewood facility. The emergency shelter, which provides 24 beds for 18- to 24-year-olds, was closed for the holiday when a fire erupted, though the flames were contained to the basement level, which houses a TV lounge, community room, kitchen and showers.

“If it had to happen, I’m so glad it had to happen when we were closed, because no one was hurt,” Holcomb said, adding that the shelter’s doors and windows are now boarded up. “Everything down (in the basement) was pretty consumed.”

Smoke damage extended to the first floor, where the shelter’s lockers and sleeping quarters are located.

Since Jan. 30, Unity has raised more than $12,000 of its $17,500 goal in a GoFundMe campaign to help replace doors and clean soot and smoke damage so the first floor can reopen, set up plumbing and electricity, and buy new twin-size mattresses. More money would be needed to replace appliances and repair damage to the basement.

The shelter was open to guests from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and also provided shower facilities, meals and one-ride CTA passes. During the day, staff provided referral services and access to lockers so youth could store their belongings.

Holcomb said she has referred homeless young adults to a nearby shelter on the Southwest Side since the fire, but some aren’t comfortable going to other neighborhoods for programs and services.

The shelter’s closure “can really throw youth off their trajectory,” she said, whether that’s trying to find and keep a job or get into transitional housing.

Until a few days before the fire, Amber Ortiz had stayed regularly at the shelter since 2015 as she worked to maintain her sobriety, she said.

“I kept my stuff here (in a locker) because I had nowhere to keep it,” Ortiz said. “Then I could wash my clothes. On nights that I don’t have anywhere else to go, I’d stay here,” added the 21-year-old, who is now staying with friends. She also worked at the shelter as a janitor. The closure meant she lost her job.

For Geovontae Galloway, who left the shelter a year ago to move into transitional housing in Bronzeville, the shelter was his Plan B should he no longer be able to remain in the transitional home as he attends cosmetology school to become a barber.

“It actually broke my heart when I found out it caught on fire,” said Galloway, 22. “This would be my backup plan because I feel safer here than any other shelter out here.”

Because of the closure, staff members are meeting people at an undisclosed stop on the CTA Red Line and handing out sandwiches while the facility is waiting for an insurance settlement. Holcomb said Unity had $20,000 in insurance coverage, but the loss from the fire exceeded that amount. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, she said.

The city’s Department of Family and Support Services said it is working with Unity and helped arrange transportation for people looking to use other shelters.

“When a fire broke out in the basement of the Ujima Village Shelter several weeks ago, the city responded quickly to contain it, and as a result, thankfully no one was injured,” said Jennifer Rottner, spokeswoman for the city department. “The city continues to work closely with Ujima to assess the damage and work toward reopening the shelter as soon as possible.”

The shelter, which opened in 2013, relies on $306,600 to pay for rent, staff, food and utilities funded by the city, which stepped in when state funding dried up because of the budget crisis, Holcomb said.

Unity’s other programs have struggled from state funding cuts. The arts program was discontinued last June, and administrative costs were slashed, she said.

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Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn’t cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


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Jovonne Williams, 36, faces vehicular homicide and other related charges in the March 4, 2017 hit-and-run death of Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead, 35, on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard. Williams is represented by defense attorney William Kendrick.
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A 36-year-old woman was charged with vehicular homicide in the Saturday night hit-and-run on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that killed 35-year-old Kassandra Kassie Hollinhead, Columbus police said. Jovonne Williams, who authorities identified as
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Family of MLK Boulevard hit and run victim speaks to News 3 – WRBL

COLUMBUS, Ga. The Columbus Police Department is still investigating the accident Saturday night on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Murray Street, which took the life of 35-year-old Kassandra Hollinhead. According to a police report, Hollinhead was leaving the Citgo gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard Saturday night. While crossing the street, Hollinhead was hit by a car traveling west. She was then hit by another car traveling east. Hollinhead was pronounced dead at the scene.

No death in that circumstance is a pretty sight, and we, in the coroners office, do our best to make it as easy as we can on the families and to take care of the deceased, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said.

Police said the second driver, Jovonne Williams, left the scene after hitting Hollinhead. They said she was driving a white, 1995 Ford Explorer. According to police, both drivers were not drinking at the time.

Less than 20 feet from where Hollinhead was struck, balloons flutter in the wind and messages of remembrance adorn the ground. Family and friends poured in to celebrate the life of Hollinhead.

Hollinheads aunt, Esther Schmitt said Kassandra was able to put a smile on anybodys face, and was a hardworker who loved everyone.

The smile, Schmitt said. The charm. The charisma that she had about herself for a young lady her age. There wasnt anybody she met that she didnt attract to herself. I just thank God for her being a part of my family.

Hollinheads second cousin, Derrell Anthony said Hollinhead was living with him at the time. He said that when she would leave to go somewhere, she would tell him that she would be back. That did not happen Saturday night.

Im used to you roaming my floor in my house, but youre not there anymore, Anthony said. We made plans that when she got in the house that we were going to go in her room and watch a movie like the prior night. I was listening for the door to open so I could come out of my room, go to the room I was letting her use, but the noise I heard instead was her being hit.

For family and friends, they will miss Hollinheads loving nature, but look forward to the day that they will be able to see her once again.

Hollinheads body is expected to be sent to Atlanta on Monday for an autopsy.

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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undergraduate …

Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became Dr. King by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955.

During these years, Howard Thurman was named dean of the Universitys Marsh Chapel. King not only attended sermons there but also turned to Thurman as his mentor and spiritual advisor. Among the lessons that inspired him most were Thurmans accounts of a visit to Mohandas Gandhi in India years earlier. It was Thurman who educated King in the mahatmas ideas of nonviolent protest. As the bridge between Gandhi and King, BUs progressive dean helped sow the seeds of change in the U.S. and beyond.

Boston University preserves the legacy of our greatest alumnus in several ways. Our library houses thousands of Kings personal papers and correspondence. On Marsh Plaza in front of the chapel, you can see an inspiring sculptural tribute to his famous words, Free At Last. And everywhere on our campus, you can hear what we still consider to be the strongest statement of Kings lifes work: the enormous variety of voices and viewpoints that ring out on our campus.

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New library branch stays true to Martin Luther King’s legacy – Columbus Dispatch

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Of the 23locations that make up theColumbus Metropolitan Library system, only one is named after a person.

The Martin Luther King branch on East Long Street opened a year after thecivil rights leader was gunned down in Memphis in 1968. King’s father spoke at the dedication about justice and civil rights, telling an audience books are worth nothing unless you read them.

The branchis deeply rooted in thepredominantly black, history-rich Near East Side. So designing a replacement for the now-outdatedbranchhas been important for library officials, community members and architectJonathan Moody.

“It’s absolutely special to me,” said Moody, president of the nation’s largest black-owned architecture firm, Moody Nolan.

“For me, more than anything, this is what I went to school for … to match the significance, if you ever can, of Martin Luther King. Not just the surface ‘I Have a Dream,’ but a deeper dive into the vision.”

Moody, 33, also helpeddesign the Shepard and Parsons library branches. But he routinely visits the Martin Luther King branch. He knows the community.He knowsthe library’s importance.

“I really get excited about the library’s vision of trying to address broader community issues … poverty, childcare, kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading,” he said.

The library is in contract to buy land owned by the state of Ohio just west of theexisting library for the new building, amonglast of 10 branches to be rebuilt.

Here, according to an artist’s rendering, sweeping glass panels will face Long Street, witheach portion of the building reflecting the neighborhood and King’s ideas.

Moody visited other branches,spoke to residents and read King’s books.

The proposed building will double the current size when completed next year. Three main building sections,linked together, are a reference toKing and other civil rights leaders who “before any event or march or movement would kneel to pray and then get up and link arms,” Moody said. “That idea of connection we always thought was really powerful for what it could mean for alibrary, for a community.”

Inside a large reading room, King’s image and others will be cast from aprojector onto a glass panel.

Moody was mindful, however, not to have King’s presence overshadow the library. “It is not a museum,” he said.

A meeting with students of nearbyEast High School drew a variety of praise for the modern design: “Marvelous.””A work of art.””It will brighten the neighborhood.” “I’d want to hang out there.”

Reita Smith, 80, who has been active in area preservation efforts, including nearbyPoindexter Village, said the modern design would not have been her first choice, but she values the appeal it has to young people.

“When we attract young people of the future, they are drawn to what is modern, what is open. It is looking to the future,” she said.

“I feel like we have a wonderful supportive community,” she said. “They are very welcoming and they love their library.”

But there arecritics.

Neighborhood resident Carl Howard, 53, said he thinks thearchitecture should reflect thepast. He called Moody’s visiona “corporate glass and steel monolith” that is “vastly out of character with the community.”

Moody heard those concerns. A stone exterior, including stone-patterned glass, matches many of the area’s commercial buildings. And a front-facing reading room is a nod to the many front porchesoverlookingLong Street.

Butit’s thebold design thatdominates, and is justified byKing’s own words: “History is a reality, and the reality of where we are requires a radical restructuring of the architecture of society,” Moody said, paraphrasing from one of King’s books. And another: “We must be both creative dissenters to challengers and push for new norms.”

The currentMLK branch hasa largenumber of novels and scholarly books written by African-American authors. Those, along withoriginal artwork and the “African Treasure Chest,” a collection of sculpture, pottery, textiles, masks and toys allfrom Africa willmove intothe new branch.

Throughout the process, Moody’s focus has been on purpose and place:”It’s particularly important to me, and the whole firm, to not lose site that it’s theMartin Luther King branch and it’s on the East Side.”

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Diamond Richards, center, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award at Eastern Kentucky University. She is flanked, from left, by award recipients Roger Cleveland and Elaine Farris, as well as Laurie Carter, executive vice president

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Central College Remembering 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Visit – KNIA / KRLS Radio

Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 5:55 am Author: KNIA/KRLS News Staff Central College is marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.s address on campus on the week of March 20-24. The college has planned several events to honor Kings legacy and vision, as well as celebrate ways that Central participates in ongoing efforts toward social justice. NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director Jacqui Patterson will be in residence March 20-21. Her address, Dr. Kings Beloved Community, is free and open to the public at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Upper Chapel. Patterson will speak about community leadership toward human and civil rights, including environmental injustices that disproportionately impact communities of color and low income areas in the U.S. and around the world. Project manager and historical researcher for the Iowa Civil Rights Trails Project Charles Pearson will also present a community event at Central on Tuesday, March 21. Pearson will lead a discussion about preserving Iowa civil rights sites related to King at 7 p.m. in Maytag Student Centers van Emmerik Studio and is also free to attend. On Wednesday, March 22 at noon, Central will dedicate a new display commemorating Kings visit to campus in the Maytag Student Center. On that date in 1967, King urged more than 1,300 listeners in Centrals gymnasium to believe that positive change and progress toward social equality can occur through collective action and courageous individuals. A photo and plaque were first hung on campus in 1969, when students marked the first anniversary of Kings death with a silent march and memorial service. Central College president Mark Putnam and guests of the 1967 event will speak during a short program. This is a unique occasion, said assistant dean of students T. Todd Masman, for the college to honor the 1967 visit of Dr. King and challenge ourselves to explore and live up to the ideals which he challenged us to strive for and attain, from social justice to environmental justice to economic prosperity to truly create a beloved community. The weeks events are sponsored by Centrals office of the president, student development and sustainability education.

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Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas showed up to game wearing same shirt design – For The Win

By: Alysha Tsuji | March 8, 2017 9:53 pm Draymond Green and Isaiah Thomas arrived at Oracle Arena before the Warriors vs. Celtics game on Wednesday night wearing the exact same shirt design. Its definitely something you dont see very often two opposing players wearing matching outfits. The design features Martin Luther King Jr., and perhaps well hear more about why they both chose to wear it at some point. We were able to track down a site where the shirt is sold, farfetch.com. You can buy one for $239, but its in low stock. Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas, NBA Alysha Tsuji is a writer at FTW. She’s based in Los Angeles and enjoys writing about all sorts of sports. Thanks for signing up. You’ll be waking up a little more awesome tomorrow. Something went wrong.

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Englewood homeless shelter seeks donations to reopen after fire – Chicago Tribune

A homeless shelter on the South Side is hoping to raise enough money to repair and reopen the facility nearly two months after a fire forced it to close and left some young adults scrambling to find another place to stay. The fire broke out on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Ujima Village Shelter, said A. Anne Holcomb, supportive services supervisor at Unity Parenting and Counseling, a nonprofit that runs the Englewood facility. The emergency shelter, which provides 24 beds for 18- to 24-year-olds, was closed for the holiday when a fire erupted, though the flames were contained to the basement level, which houses a TV lounge, community room, kitchen and showers. “If it had to happen, I’m so glad it had to happen when we were closed, because no one was hurt,” Holcomb said, adding that the shelter’s doors and windows are now boarded up. “Everything down (in the basement) was pretty consumed.” Smoke damage extended to the first floor, where the shelter’s lockers and sleeping quarters are located. Since Jan. 30, Unity has raised more than $12,000 of its $17,500 goal in a GoFundMe campaign to help replace doors and clean soot and smoke damage so the first floor can reopen, set up plumbing and electricity, and buy new twin-size mattresses. More money would be needed to replace appliances and repair damage to the basement. The shelter was open to guests from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and also provided shower facilities, meals and one-ride CTA passes. During the day, staff provided referral services and access to lockers so youth could store their belongings. Holcomb said she has referred homeless young adults to a nearby shelter on the Southwest Side since the fire, but some aren’t comfortable going to other neighborhoods for programs and services. The shelter’s closure “can really throw youth off their trajectory,” she said, whether that’s trying to find and keep a job or get into transitional housing. Until a few days before the fire, Amber Ortiz had stayed regularly at the shelter since 2015 as she worked to maintain her sobriety, she said. “I kept my stuff here (in a locker) because I had nowhere to keep it,” Ortiz said. “Then I could wash my clothes. On nights that I don’t have anywhere else to go, I’d stay here,” added the 21-year-old, who is now staying with friends. She also worked at the shelter as a janitor. The closure meant she lost her job. For Geovontae Galloway, who left the shelter a year ago to move into transitional housing in Bronzeville, the shelter was his Plan B should he no longer be able to remain in the transitional home as he attends cosmetology school to become a barber. “It actually broke my heart when I found out it caught on fire,” said Galloway, 22. “This would be my backup plan because I feel safer here than any other shelter out here.” Because of the closure, staff members are meeting people at an undisclosed stop on the CTA Red Line and handing out sandwiches while the facility is waiting for an insurance settlement. Holcomb said Unity had $20,000 in insurance coverage, but the loss from the fire exceeded that amount. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, she said. The city’s Department of Family and Support Services said it is working with Unity and helped arrange transportation for people looking to use other shelters. “When a fire broke out in the basement of the Ujima Village Shelter several weeks ago, the city responded quickly to contain it, and as a result, thankfully no one was injured,” said Jennifer Rottner, spokeswoman for the city department. “The city continues to work closely with Ujima to assess the damage and work toward reopening the shelter as soon as possible.” The shelter, which opened in 2013, relies on $306,600 to pay for rent, staff, food and utilities funded by the city, which stepped in when state funding dried up because of the budget crisis, Holcomb said. Unity’s other programs have struggled from state funding cuts. The arts program was discontinued last June, and administrative costs were slashed, she said. lvivanco@chicagotribune.com Twitter @lvivanco

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Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn’t cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Attorney: Hit-and-run driver didn't cause crash that killed woman on MLK Jr. Boulevard Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Jovonne Williams, 36, faces vehicular homicide and other related charges in the March 4, 2017 hit-and-run death of Kassandra "Kassie" Hollinhead, 35, on Martin Luther King , Jr., Boulevard. Williams is represented by defense attorney William Kendrick. Driver charged in MLK Blvd. fatal hit-and-run pleads not guilty in court WTVM all 5 news articles »

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Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide in hit-and-run, police say – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Fleeing driver charged with vehicular homicide in hit-and-run, police say Columbus Ledger-Enquirer A 36-year-old woman was charged with vehicular homicide in the Saturday night hit-and-run on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that killed 35-year-old Kassandra Kassie Hollinhead, Columbus police said. Jovonne Williams, who authorities identified as … Deputies arrest woman connected to deadly MLK Blvd hit-and-run WRBL all 2 news articles »

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Family of MLK Boulevard hit and run victim speaks to News 3 – WRBL

COLUMBUS, Ga. The Columbus Police Department is still investigating the accident Saturday night on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Murray Street, which took the life of 35-year-old Kassandra Hollinhead. According to a police report, Hollinhead was leaving the Citgo gas station on Martin Luther King Boulevard Saturday night. While crossing the street, Hollinhead was hit by a car traveling west. She was then hit by another car traveling east. Hollinhead was pronounced dead at the scene. No death in that circumstance is a pretty sight, and we, in the coroners office, do our best to make it as easy as we can on the families and to take care of the deceased, Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said. Police said the second driver, Jovonne Williams, left the scene after hitting Hollinhead. They said she was driving a white, 1995 Ford Explorer. According to police, both drivers were not drinking at the time. Less than 20 feet from where Hollinhead was struck, balloons flutter in the wind and messages of remembrance adorn the ground. Family and friends poured in to celebrate the life of Hollinhead. Hollinheads aunt, Esther Schmitt said Kassandra was able to put a smile on anybodys face, and was a hardworker who loved everyone. The smile, Schmitt said. The charm. The charisma that she had about herself for a young lady her age. There wasnt anybody she met that she didnt attract to herself. I just thank God for her being a part of my family. Hollinheads second cousin, Derrell Anthony said Hollinhead was living with him at the time. He said that when she would leave to go somewhere, she would tell him that she would be back. That did not happen Saturday night. Im used to you roaming my floor in my house, but youre not there anymore, Anthony said. We made plans that when she got in the house that we were going to go in her room and watch a movie like the prior night. I was listening for the door to open so I could come out of my room, go to the room I was letting her use, but the noise I heard instead was her being hit. For family and friends, they will miss Hollinheads loving nature, but look forward to the day that they will be able to see her once again. Hollinheads body is expected to be sent to Atlanta on Monday for an autopsy.

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The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Undergraduate …

Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Boston University in 1951, searching for a multicultural community and a setting for his study of ethics and philosophy. He became Dr. King by earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology here in 1955. During these years, Howard Thurman was named dean of the Universitys Marsh Chapel. King not only attended sermons there but also turned to Thurman as his mentor and spiritual advisor. Among the lessons that inspired him most were Thurmans accounts of a visit to Mohandas Gandhi in India years earlier. It was Thurman who educated King in the mahatmas ideas of nonviolent protest. As the bridge between Gandhi and King, BUs progressive dean helped sow the seeds of change in the U.S. and beyond. Boston University preserves the legacy of our greatest alumnus in several ways. Our library houses thousands of Kings personal papers and correspondence. On Marsh Plaza in front of the chapel, you can see an inspiring sculptural tribute to his famous words, Free At Last. And everywhere on our campus, you can hear what we still consider to be the strongest statement of Kings lifes work: the enormous variety of voices and viewpoints that ring out on our campus.

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New library branch stays true to Martin Luther King’s legacy – Columbus Dispatch

Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch @DeanNarciso Of the 23locations that make up theColumbus Metropolitan Library system, only one is named after a person. The Martin Luther King branch on East Long Street opened a year after thecivil rights leader was gunned down in Memphis in 1968. King’s father spoke at the dedication about justice and civil rights, telling an audience books are worth nothing unless you read them. The branchis deeply rooted in thepredominantly black, history-rich Near East Side. So designing a replacement for the now-outdatedbranchhas been important for library officials, community members and architectJonathan Moody. “It’s absolutely special to me,” said Moody, president of the nation’s largest black-owned architecture firm, Moody Nolan. “For me, more than anything, this is what I went to school for … to match the significance, if you ever can, of Martin Luther King. Not just the surface ‘I Have a Dream,’ but a deeper dive into the vision.” Moody, 33, also helpeddesign the Shepard and Parsons library branches. But he routinely visits the Martin Luther King branch. He knows the community.He knowsthe library’s importance. “I really get excited about the library’s vision of trying to address broader community issues … poverty, childcare, kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading,” he said. The library is in contract to buy land owned by the state of Ohio just west of theexisting library for the new building, amonglast of 10 branches to be rebuilt. Here, according to an artist’s rendering, sweeping glass panels will face Long Street, witheach portion of the building reflecting the neighborhood and King’s ideas. Moody visited other branches,spoke to residents and read King’s books. The proposed building will double the current size when completed next year. Three main building sections,linked together, are a reference toKing and other civil rights leaders who “before any event or march or movement would kneel to pray and then get up and link arms,” Moody said. “That idea of connection we always thought was really powerful for what it could mean for alibrary, for a community.” Inside a large reading room, King’s image and others will be cast from aprojector onto a glass panel. Moody was mindful, however, not to have King’s presence overshadow the library. “It is not a museum,” he said. A meeting with students of nearbyEast High School drew a variety of praise for the modern design: “Marvelous.””A work of art.””It will brighten the neighborhood.” “I’d want to hang out there.” Reita Smith, 80, who has been active in area preservation efforts, including nearbyPoindexter Village, said the modern design would not have been her first choice, but she values the appeal it has to young people. “When we attract young people of the future, they are drawn to what is modern, what is open. It is looking to the future,” she said. “I feel like we have a wonderful supportive community,” she said. “They are very welcoming and they love their library.” But there arecritics. Neighborhood resident Carl Howard, 53, said he thinks thearchitecture should reflect thepast. He called Moody’s visiona “corporate glass and steel monolith” that is “vastly out of character with the community.” Moody heard those concerns. A stone exterior, including stone-patterned glass, matches many of the area’s commercial buildings. And a front-facing reading room is a nod to the many front porchesoverlookingLong Street. Butit’s thebold design thatdominates, and is justified byKing’s own words: “History is a reality, and the reality of where we are requires a radical restructuring of the architecture of society,” Moody said, paraphrasing from one of King’s books. And another: “We must be both creative dissenters to challengers and push for new norms.” The currentMLK branch hasa largenumber of novels and scholarly books written by African-American authors. Those, along withoriginal artwork and the “African Treasure Chest,” a collection of sculpture, pottery, textiles, masks and toys allfrom Africa willmove intothe new branch. Throughout the process, Moody’s focus has been on purpose and place:”It’s particularly important to me, and the whole firm, to not lose site that it’s theMartin Luther King branch and it’s on the East Side.” dnarciso@dispatch.com @DeanNarciso

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EKU senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award – Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington Herald Leader EKU senior receives Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Lexington Herald Leader Diamond Richards, center, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award at Eastern Kentucky University. She is flanked, from left, by award recipients Roger Cleveland and Elaine Farris, as well as Laurie Carter, executive vice president …

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