USAO celebrates MLK Day with special presentation

pictures of John Feaver and Dex Marble

USAO celebrates MLK Day with special presentation


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by providing an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the significance of the holiday and why it is celebrated.

USAO President John Feaver and Dex Marble, vice president for academic affairs, will present a special presentation at 3 p.m. in the Davis Hall Amphitheatre on the life, death and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., titled “Martin Luther King Day: Why do we celebrate it?”

The event is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow the presentation.

According to Feaver, celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day goes right to the heart of what this college is about.

“One of this institution’s major preoccupations is to nurture students toward being and becoming active citizens in a democratic society,” said Feaver. “An active citizen cannot avoid preoccupation with the central question of a democratic society, namely, how can we best ensure the civil liberties and the civil rights of all citizens?

“I cannot imagine that Dr. King could be more pleased to know that a day set aside for his remembrance might be used to carefully recognize the paramount importance of this issue.”

Following the lecture at approximately 6 p.m., guests are encouraged to remain in the amphitheatre for a viewing of  “4 Little Girls,” a documentary about the murder of four African-American girls in Birmingham, Ala., and King's involvement during that era.

The film runs 102 minutes.

King helped shape the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, promoting nonviolent civil disobedience as a method to social change. Most famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech, King commanded the attention of an entire generation.

In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. King was assassinated in 1968.

Feaver and Marble are both former professors at the university, familiar with the value of team teaching and multiple perspectives. In addition, this may be the last opportunity students will have to sit in a lecture with Marble, who recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the trimester.

More information about the event can be obtained by calling 574-1318.