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December 15, 2023 | By Cole Hatcher

January events at Ohio Wesleyan include the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at noon Jan. 15. Tickets are available for online purchase through Jan. 8. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

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You're Invited to Join Ohio Wesleyan for January 2024's Lineup of Public Events

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University today announced its January 2024 lineup of public events. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.

Noon Jan. 15 – The 31st annual MLK Celebration, in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan's Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the hour-long commemoration that begins at noon. Hasan Jeffries, Ph.D., associate professor of history at The Ohio State University and author of "Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt," will serve as the keynote speaker. Tracy Townsend, WBNS-10TV "Wake Up CBUS" news anchor and medical correspondent, will serve as emcee. The event will include refreshments, a performance by the Columbus Adventist Academy Children's Choir, directed by Tamaria Kulameka, and a spoken word presentation by OWU senior Tymir Hill. Individual breakfast tickets are $25 and event sponsorships are $240 for a table of eight. Proceeds support the Delaware County MLK Scholarship Program. Tickets may be purchased online until Jan. 8 by visiting For more information, visit

Jan. 17 through March 24 – "Move: Mobility, Migration, and Belonging," at Ohio Wesleyan's Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibition of work by significant local and regional artists is curated to coincide with OWU's first-year seminar, "How to Change Your World." The course explores a pressing issue in contemporary life. The Ross Art Museum's companion exhibit showcases artistic practices that consider how water has affected movement and belonging across history, place, and species. During the academic year, the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed for winter break from Dec. 17 through Jan. 16, 2024; and for spring break from March 9 through March 17, 2024. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit for more information.

7 p.m. Jan. 27 – OWU senior recital featuring Rachel Madore, soprano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit

7 p.m. Jan. 28 – OWU senior recital featuring Noelle Weaver, soprano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives" and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review "Best Colleges" lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at or learn more at