Honoring the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 15, 2016

While Monday, Jan. 18 is a day off for many marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of Saint Joseph’s University students will be volunteering in the local community to honor the civil rights icon’s legacy.

  • Approximately 300 student athletes will spread out in Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Bala Cynwyd, Manayunk and Wissahickon to engage in service alongside their neighbors.
  • The Black Student Union and Campus Ministry will send students to Mary McLeod Bethune School in Philadelphia.
  • Students from Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honors Society) will volunteer at the Narberth Community Food Bank.

“Dr. King’s vision of social justice aligns perfectly with SJU’s mission to be men and women for others,” said Patty Martin, director of Government and Community Relations, who’s been instrumental in coordinating the day of service. “Our students are very active in service year-round, but this day has always had special meaning for our campus community.”

In addition, the Office of Multicultural Life will be hosting a candlelight vigil and dinner in remembrance of Dr. King on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in Campion Student Center’s Banquet Hall South. The event will feature Charles H.F. Davis, director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the University will continue to honor Dr. King with a panel discussion entitled, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Alternative Narratives.” Featuring faculty from the Department of History, Randall Miller, Ph.D., Katherine Sibley, Ph.D., and Brian Yates, Ph.D., the event will explore Dr. King’s life and philosophy, emphasizing his internationalism and his critiques of American domestic and foreign policies.