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Hiram Athletics to Take Part in College's MLK Week Celebration

Hiram Athletics to Take Part in College's MLK Week Celebration

In conjunction with Hiram College's Martin Luther King week, Hiram athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting a black out during the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Wednesday, January 23.

Fans attending Wednesday night's doubleheader in Price Gymnasium are encouraged to wear black as a symbol of unity on Hiram's campus. The women's game begins at 6 p.m. with the men's action to follow. Hiram SAAC will also be holding halftime contests for prizes during both games.

The event is just one of five being held on Hiram's campus during MLK week, titled "Celebrating in the Spirit of Inclusive Excellence." SAAC is just one of many contributors to the week's events, which is being spearheaded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Other contributors include the Black Student Union (BSU), Campus Involvement/Community Service, the Hiram Chaplain, Funding You Board/Student Senate, Presence and Respect for Youth Sexual Minorities (PRYSM) and the Dean of Students Office.

Along with Wednesday's event during the basketball doubleheader, four other events will take place throughout the week, all centered around an inclusive atmosphere.

On Monday, January 21 the campus will hold a viewing of the documentary "Bayard and Me" which focuses on Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington. Additionally the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland will be holding safe zone training for the college.

On Tuesday evening, legendary rapper and entertainer, MC Lyte, will hold a discussion titled "The Impact of Hip Hop on Civil Rights and Social Justice" and will cover a myriad of topics including a call to action for respect and collaboration.

Thursday evening, the campus will hold an open mic contest focusing on "tributes and perspectives on inclusive excellence." The contest is open to all staff, faculty and students and encourages poetry, short stories, print art, photography, music, reflection and short essays that go along with the theme. Food will be provided as part of Hiram's Bread and Soup program and is free to students with the use of their meal card.

For more information on any of the programs, click here or contact Hiram's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.