College to Host Community's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program

Yellow Springs Church Pastor Providing Keynote Address for 30th Anniversary of National Holiday

January 8, 2013

This year’s community Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Wilmington College will recognize the 30th anniversary of the national holiday Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

The public is welcome to join Wilmington College faculty, staff and students in the annual MLK birthday anniversary observance. This year’s theme is “The Birthday of a Holiday: The Man or the Mission?”

The Rev. Derrick L. Weston, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, will address the theme in his keynote address.

The MLK program also will feature music by the Wilmington College Chorale under the direction of Catherine Roma, professor of music, with guest instrumentalists including pianist Steve Milloy, Abby Williams on bass and Chip Murdock, drums and djembe.

Mime artists Schiviena Wilson, 2009 WC alumnus, and her sister, Schivieta Wilson will provide a special presentation to the song “Still I Rise.”

The College’s new director of multicultural affairs, Bennyce Hamilton, will provide a welcome with remarks by President Jim Reynolds and Marque V. Jones, a community member and 1977 WC graduate.

(LEFT) Rev. Derrick Weston

Offering reflections on the meaning of the holiday will be two seniors, Leah Phillips and Edmund Besong, and two members of the College faculty, Corey Cockerill, assistant professor of communication, and Edward Agran, professor of history.

In addition to music performed by the Chorale, the audience will be invited to participate in the American Civil Rights Movement anthems “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “We Shall Overcome.”

Weston, who also serves as director of the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom at Antioch College, spent nearly a decade working at the Pittsburgh Project, a community-based, inner-city organization dedicated to serving urban youth and vulnerable homeowners.

He earned a Master of Divinity degree as San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Weston, who resides in Springfield with his wife, Marnie, and two young children, co-hosts the podcast "God Complex Radio," which highlights the voices of progressive religious leaders.