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Educate. Inspire. Empower.

Columbus State is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with big ideas, art and a visit from Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

Dr. Michael Eric DysonDyson, a noted writer and public intellectual, headlind the college's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The program was themed "Educate. Inspire. Empower." and featured music from the Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble and a film clip from "If I Had Sneezed" from Dr. King's last public address in Memphis, Tenn.

Scroll down to see a clip and replay of the webcast

Dyson, named by Ebony Magazine as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. He is currently a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The celebration rolls on with activities through the week, including a BRUSH experience art project and The Next Big Thing, an event combining poetry and inspiring ideas. It wraps up Friday, Jan. 13, with a service project at the YWCA of Columbus. While Martin Luther King Day is often seen as a "day off," it'll be a "day on" for the volunteers!

Celebration: "Educate. Inspire. Empower."
With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Tuesday, Jan. 10
11 a.m.
Conference Center Ballroom, WD 435

BRUSH Experience
Social experiment combining people and art.
Wednesday, Jan. 11
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Delaware Campus

The Next Big Thing: Poetry and Arts Reception
Poetry and big ideas
Thursday, Jan. 12
4-6 p.m.
Library Studio

Service Project at YWCA of Columbus
Friday, Jan. 13
5 -8 p.m.
Contact Kim Brazwell, or 614-287-2426