January 9, 2015—Newark, OH—The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) invite the public to the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. The event will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center's Alford Performing Arts Hall. This year's theme is "The New Civil Rights Movement: A New Consciousness" and the keynote speaker is Ohio Civil Rights Commission Executive Director, G. Michael Payton, J.D. This event is free and open to the public.
Payton serves as Executive Director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (crc.ohio.gov),
the state law enforcement agency that administers the Ohio Civil Rights Act in
the areas of employment, public accommodations, housing, credit and
disabilities in higher education while conducting education and outreach. He
oversees a statewide staff of 80 employees who investigate over 4,000 charges
of discrimination annually.
previous roles Payton has served as Chief Legal Counsel and Director of
Operations for the Commission as well as serving as Assistant Attorney General
for the State of Ohio for 11 years. He obtained his B.A. in Political Science
from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown
University Law Center.
event is sponsored by The Freedom School in Licking County and the
Multicultural Affairs Office and Student Cultural Council at COTC and Ohio
State Newark. For more information, contact Janet Greene with The Freedom
School at 740-641-2328 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Vorley Taylor, Program
Manager of Multicultural Affairs with COTC and Ohio State Newark at email@example.com.
Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an
outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and
beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state
of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical
College, students gain hands-on,
applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those
credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of
the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State’s 175 major programs,
a rich research heritage and academic excellence.