Wednesday 14, 2009
             Northern Michigan University will host three events next week to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The public is invited to attend free of charge. The schedule follows:

            Tuesday, Jan. 20: The Multicultural Education and Resource Center will celebrate and view the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Peter White Lounge of the University Center.

            Wednesday, Jan. 21: Agyei Tyehimba, president of the Student African American Society at Syracuse University, will be speak about his mission to “eliminate ignorance to empower the people” from 5-6 p.m. in the University Center’s Nicolet Room. 

Tyehimba has worked with several community-based organizations and high schools that provide workshops dealing with life management and cultural identity for teens. He has pioneered campaigns to hire more Black and Latino faculty and provide more resources for the African American studies department. Tyehimba has given opening speeches for personalities such as Martin Luther King III, Naim Akbar and Susan Taylor. He has also been honored with the Malcolm X Award for Leadership, the Frannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Service and the Syracuse NAACP Freedom Fund Award.

            Thursday, Jan. 22: Motivational speaker and rap artist Quest M.C.O.D.Y. will speak about his experiences and struggles toward success from 6-7 p.m. in Pioneer Room A of the University Center. M.C.O.D.Y. has been featured on many Web sites and television shows, including Showtime’s Interscope Presents: The Next Episode and MTV’s True Life and Mixtape Mondays. He has performed with such hip-hop artists as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem.

           For more information, contact the Multicultural Education and Resource Center at 227-1554.