The Courier » University plans MLK activities

Sho Baraka, a social activist, public speaker and recording artist, is the University of Findlay’s featured guest for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.
The event will be free and open to the public.
Baraka has performed and spoken throughout the world, and has completed social activist work, ranging from race relations in South Africa to establishing musical cohorts in Indonesia. He is a founding member of the Christian hip hop group 116 Clique and the founder of Forth District, an urban platform that seeks to redefine online community and engagement via art and insightful discussion by thinkers, artists and musicians.
Other public MLK celebration activities at UF this year include:
• Open Mic Night at 6:30 p.m. today in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. UF students, faculty and staff will perform and share poetry, music and short readings. Baraka will participate. Refreshments will be provided.
• A toiletry collection drive today through Friday with dropoff locations at the Buford Center, Alumni Memorial Union and the Center for Student Life and College of Business. Items such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap and laundry detergent will be collected and distributed to guests who attend the UF-sponsored mobile food pantry.
• On Thursday, Baraka will facilitate the Buford Dialogue, a monthly conversation that focuses on current events and social justice issues. The program will take place at noon in the Buford Center for Diversity and Service. Food and drinks will be provided.
• Baraka will be the speaker at Revive, Campus Ministry’s weekly, contemporary student-led worship service at 9 p.m. Thursday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.
• The Buford Center, in partnership with Findlay’s CHOPIN Hall, will offer a mobile food pantry Saturday in the lobby and parking lot of the Davis Street Building beginning at 7 a.m. UF students will sort and distribute about 10,000 pounds of groceries and provide optional cultural hands-on activities for community members.