Jan. 10, 2017
Three days of observances on Monday, Jan. 16, Saturday, Jan. 21, and Tuesday, Jan. 24, featuring a memorial Mass, dream center, day of service, dinner and guest speaker are planned at Saint Vincent College to memorialize the late Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. The observance activities are scheduled so that Saint Vincent students and faculty who were on semester break will be able to participate.
All events except the evening program, which includes dinner, are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Jan. 24 program are required for entry. Attendees can make a reservation by email at MlkDay@stvincent.edu or in person at the Campus Life Office in the Robert S. Carey Student Center during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Jan. 16 observance will begin with Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel in the Robert S. Carey Student Center at 12:05 p.m.
Members of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. and the Office of Multicultural Student Life will create a dream center in the lounge of the Carey Student Center, open from 1 to 3 p.m., where a looping video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown along with an opportunity to participate in arts and crafts and other activities.
Jan. 21 will be the day of service sponsored in partnership with the office of service learning. This will provide students, faculty, staff and others who choose to participate an opportunity to be involved in service projects around the Latrobe area. To register to participate, contact Jessica Parsons at 724-805-2288.
The Jan. 24 program will take place in the Fred M. Rogers Center beginning at 5 p.m. with guest speaker Lloyd Cheatom, a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College who is now transition coordinator for the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy.
Cheatom’s presentation is entitled, “Conversatio: The Power of Continual Transformation.” He will talk about how a person’s biggest failures and heartaches may be the creative force for one’s greatest accomplishments and triumphs. He will speak on his personal experience about the many hardships he has faced throughout his life and how it has shaped him into the person he is today.
Cheatom was born, raised and still resides in Pittsburgh with his wife. They are awaiting the arrival of a daughter, Llogan Marie. After graduating from Central Catholic High School, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Saint Vincent College. He is currently enrolled at Robert Morris University where he is pursuing a master of arts degree in instructional leadership. In 2013, he was selected as a Heinz Endowments Graduate Fellow and worked within the Pittsburgh Public Schools. After the two-year fellowship, he and Kevin McNair and Samuel Morant co-founded a mentoring organization, “1Nation Mentoring LLC” whose mission is to improve underserved students’ academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence and behavior in order to reach their potential and make positive life decisions. With collaboration of the Crossroads and Extra Mile Foundations, he now works at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy as the transition coordinator assisting seventh and eighth grade students to transition from middle school to high school.
Kyanna Williams-Pate, president of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E., will be master of ceremonies. William Brown will deliver the “I Have a Dream” speech.
The celebration is under the direction of Ukandu Soverall, interim assistant director of multicultural student life at Saint Vincent. “The goal of the commemorative events are always is to honor, respect and remember the great things Martin Luther King Jr. did in his lifetime,” Soverall said. “We want to remember what he fought for and that he wanted equality and mutual respect for all.”
Further information about the Day of Remembrance or to reserve tickets please contact the Office of Campus Life at 724-805-2564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Lloyd Cheatom
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