SJU to Mark Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with Service and Song

Monday, January 14, 2008

Although no classes are scheduled for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, Saint Joseph’s University will make the holiday “a day on, not a day off” as a part of its annual day of service and celebration.

“Saint Joseph’s University is delighted to share in the message and philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day,” said Patty Martin, associate director of government and community relations. “This day will be not only a celebration of Dr. King’s life, but also one devoted to serving our neighbors and the community.”

Over 200 student-athletes will serve the community to commemorate the holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. The students will be commissioned by State Representative Louise Williams Bishop before departing for their service sites. Some sites include the Saint Thomas African Episcopal Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Wynnefield Residents Association and Hayes Manor.

The program represents a combined effort by the department of athletics, the office of campus ministry and the office of government and community relations, who have sponsored this day of service for the last seven years in conjunction with Rep. Bishop.

The holiday celebrations will also include a day-long concert in the Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. presented by Saint Joseph’s University and Rep. Bishop. The arena will be turned into a venue for gospel singing, preaching and dancing. Groups performing include the Brockington Ensemble, Little Sammy and the Flying Clouds, the Metropolitan Male Ensemble, the Williams Sisters, the Gospel Ambassadors, Minister Bruce Patham, Nadia Gordanskaya and many more.

–David King ’08