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Judge Glenda A. Hatchett Headlines Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events on Jan. 28

Posted Jan, 13, 2010

Kent State University sets aside time each January to reflect upon and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, students, faculty, staff and community members will have the opportunity to  celebrate cultural diversity, network, socialize, and be motivated and entertained at the Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Kent Student Center. 
Photo of Judge Glenda A. Hatchett
This year’s event centers on the theme “A Message That Transcends Time.” Dr. Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, invites everyone to partake of as many of the afternoon activities as their schedules permit. “Dr. King’s impact echoes through our institution in numerous ways,” Brown said. “Our commitment to engaging and learning about each other’s heritage and contributions is a key part of our celebration this year.” 

The afternoon’s multifaceted schedule opens at 1 p.m. with a cultural celebration of music, poetry and dance as the Kiva stage showcases dance performances by a local Salsa group, the Nepalese Student Association and the Rhythm Riders Dance Steppers; a Spoken Word Poetry presentation by Robin Wright, Kent State-NAACP president; a theatrical performance by Professor Traci Easley-Williams; a musical performance by world-renowned University Professor Emeritus Halim El-Dabh; and a vocal performance by the university’s Voices of Testimony Gospel Choir.

“An institution the sheer size of Kent State touches many lives, either directly or through our individual and professional relationships,” said Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson, chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. “Much like the legacy of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our lives afford us opportunities to share and celebrate our impact on our world. This annual celebration is an opportunity for the Kent State University community to join together to celebrate where we have been and recognize where we need to go.”

The celebration moves to the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Following a brief musical selection, Kent State President Lester A. Lefton will present his welcoming address and introduce a video montage.

“Kent State hosts a noteworthy public figure in the spirit of spreading the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” Brown said. “This year, Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, star of the popular ‘Judge Hatchett’ TV show, will be with us to underscore the continued relevance and inspiration in Dr. King’s life and words.” 

Judge Hatchett’s keynote address will be “A Message That Transcends Time.” At the conclusion of her address, she will hold a Question-and-Answer session with the audience. A book signing and reception follow in the ballroom.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible and will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). For more information, call 330-672-8540 or visit

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Photo Caption: Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, star of the “Judge Hatchett” television show, headlines Kent State University’s Eighth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 28.

Media Contact:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595