SJU Honors Martin Luther King Jr. With Service and Awareness

Next week, the Saint Joseph’s University community will join the nation in honoring the legacy and leadership of civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 16, 250 student-athletes from Saint Joseph’s will spend the day volunteering alongside community neighbors, working on service projects at the following sites:

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
  • Ivy Ridge Trail
  • Cynwyd Trail
  • Olivet Baptist Church
  • Saunders House
  • Simpson House
  • St. Francis Cabrini School
  • Living Water Baptist Church
  • John C. Anderson Cultural Center
  • Saint Ignatius School
  • Monsignor Bonner/Archbishop Prendergast High School
  • Bryn Mawr Terrace
  • Drexel/Neumann Academy
  • City Year – Warren G. Harding Middle School
  • Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral School

On Tuesday, January 17, the University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity will sponsor a daylong tribute to King, with civil rights information on campus televisions and tied to balloons throughout Campion Student Center and a post-dinner cake in the dining hall to celebrate his birthday. The Office, which will host the grand opening of its renovated space in Campion on January 24, will also provide diversity awareness training sessions for student leaders during the week.

Events during January will launch a year-long engagement with ideas that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared with the Saint Joseph’s community when he addressed faculty and students in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in 1967. In his remarks about the future of integration, Dr. King talked about the work needed to change habits and hearts, to eradicate poverty, and to build a just society.

“Much of what Dr. King called the campus to consider in 1967 continues to resonate today as we continue the work of justice and equity,” says Monica Nixon, assistant provost for inclusion and diversity. “He talked about mutual interdependence and about what would be needed to secure the future of integration. These ideas will ground a year-long series of films, lectures, workshops, and dialogues at Saint Joseph’s.”

Dr. King’s remarks will also serve as the inspiration for a university-wide conference on October 26, 2017, marking the 50th anniversary of his visit to campus.