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The long-running community tribute to the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. includes events and activities for all ages.

Baldwin Wallace University, City of Berea Stage MLK Week 2017: “Now is the Time”

December 13, 2016

MLK Week bannerBaldwin Wallace University, the city of Berea and surrounding communities will come together for a week-long, shared tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Sunday, January 15 with a candlelight march hosted by BW Student Government and the Black Student Alliance (BSA). This will mark the 27th year for the joint observance, with a 2017 theme of “Now is the Time,” based on an MLK quote.

The celebration features a range of events and programs, for all ages, to bring awareness to the goals, ideals and dreams of the late civil rights leader. The schedule includes a keynote panel on the influence of swing dance on inclusion, a community prayer breakfast featuring Berea Mayor Cyril Kleem, a showing of the film “Selma,” an assembly at Berea-Midpark High School, “Creative Expressions” student video presentation, and "Your Feet: My Shoes" field trip.

BW, the Berea City Schools, Berea library, local churches and civic groups all come together to produce and participate in the award-winning commemoration.

All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Candlelight March

mlk candlelight-march-2015-previewSunday, January 15, 5 p.m.
Durst Welcome Center, 115 Tressel St., Berea
The MLK Candlelight March will begin at the Durst Welcome Center, follow a designated route through the streets of Berea and conclude with a brief reflection and refreshments.

Annual Prayer Breakfast

Monday, January 16, 9 a.m.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 572 Pearl St., Berea
A reflective celebration featuring music, readings and a delicious breakfast with speaker the Honorable Cyril Kleem, Mayor of Berea.

Community Movie & Discussion

Monday, January 16, Noon
Berea Branch Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea
A showing of the movie “Selma” followed by a community discussion.

MLK High School Assembly

Tuesday, January 17, 9 a.m.
Berea-Midpark High School, 165 East Bagley Road, Berea
BMHS Choir members will celebrate in song as other students perform recitations of historical MLK speech excerpts. Everyone is welcome.

Community Choir - Legacy Service

Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea
As a prelude to the keynote panel, a community choir will be hosting that includes Berea-Midpark High School Choir and choirs of the BW and Berea community.

MLK Keynote Panel
Embracing Diversity: How Swing Dance Changed America

Voices of DemocracyTuesday, January 17, 8 p.m.
Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea
Norma Miller, known as the "Queen of Swing," created the "Lindy Hop," popularizing this global swing dance trend. Miller and international swing dance instructors Adam Brozowski and Valerie Salstrom will talk about swing dance as a catalyst for promoting diversity and inclusion. This MLK Week keynote is also part of Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series and a BW Voices of Democracy event. Free tickets online at

Socially Responsible Careers

Wednesday, January 18, 2:30-4 p.m.
Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3, 120 East Grand St., Berea
Do you envision your future career as having a positive impact on society? Do you aspire to become a change agent, problem-solver or leader? Learn about organizations that promote social responsibility and how you can use your talents to make a difference!

Creative Expressions

Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 p.m.
Berea Branch Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea
Media created by local students that celebrate Dr. King will be unveiled. A showing of the movie “Selma” will follow the introduction of student artists and artwork. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Berea Library. 

MLK Day of Learning

Thursday, January 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
BW and Berea-Midpark High School students host educational and interactive activities based on Dr. King’s legacy and the Civil Rights Movement. Visiting fourth grade students gain an understanding of his vision. Not open to the public.

Chapel Worship Service

Thursday, January 19, 12:15 p.m.
Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea
All are welcome to worship and honor the memory of Dr. King.

Your Feet, My Shoes

Saturday, January 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Black Cultural Center, 118 Beech St., Berea

Maltz Museum logoYour Feet, My Shoes, is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the history, culture and traditions of a specific population of people that have been historically disenfranchised. This year, members of the BW community will travel to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. A small fee of $10 will help cover the cost of transportation and museum admission. Tickets can be purchased in the Black Cultural Center or at the Student Union Monday-Friday, 12-7 p.m., starting January 9. Questions, please contact Melanie Jones or 440-826-2110.