Alumnus to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture
To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Tracy Love, a 1957 graduate of Ohio Northern University’s College of Pharmacy, will speak in ONU’s English Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. The theme for this year’s presentation is “Equality in Education: Are We There Yet?”
Love attended school during a tumultuous time for African Americans struggling to win their civil rights. He graduated from Northern two years after the Montgomery Bus Boycott in which Rosa Parks defiantly refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger and six years before the March on Washington, D.C., in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Love received his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy the same year the famous “Little Rock Nine” were prevented by the National Guard from entering the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School.
Despite the protests and hostile clashes that were erupting all over the country in response to the civil rights movement, Love studied pharmacy at ONU and was active in many different organizations and sports. He played basketball for four years, football for three years, track for two years and tennis for one year. He also was a member of N Men, Phi Delta Chi, Dukes, the Wesley Fellowship, Chess Club, Physical Education Club and the Association of Independent Men. Love even took a leadership position on campus as the vice president of his sophomore class.
Since graduating from ONU, Love has held positions such as the vice president and public relations officer of the Cleveland Pharmaceutical Association, vice president of Consul Chemical Company, a pharmacist coordinator at Cleveland Clinic, and the pharmacy director of Kenneth Clement Medical Center Clinic. He was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Love and his wife, LaRuth, have four children and seven grandchildren.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at ONU on Jan. 11, 1968, in one of his final appearances on a college campus before being assassinated in April later that year.