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SVC Plans 'Day of Remembrance' January 16 to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Posted: Thursday Jan 12, 2012

January 4, 2012

“A Day of Remembrance 2012” featuring a talk by Pittsburgh NAACP chapter president M. Gayle Boggs, a dream center, prayer service, dinner, multimedia presentation and a re-creation of Dr. King’s historic speech will be included in a day-long series of events at Saint Vincent College on national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, in honor of the late civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968. All events except dinner are free and open to the public with no reservations required.

Members of the Multicultural Student Coalition (MSC) and the Office of Multicultural Student Life will create a dream center in the lounge of the Robert S. Carey Student Center, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where historic posters of Martin Luther King will be shown along with an exhibit of art and opportunity for participants to create an original fused glass pendant under the direction of Ms. Jennie Stephens.

Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor, will be the main speaker at a prayer service in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel in the Carey Center at 4:15 p.m. that will also feature readings and music.

An invitational reception for members of the Multicultural Student Coalition and guests will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Fred M. Rogers Center ballroom. Ms. Charmaine Jemison, a senior liberal arts major from Pittsburgh, and Roshni Patel, a senior psychology major from Wallingford, Connecticut, will welcome guests and introduce Archabbot Douglas.

At 6:10 p.m., students will participate in a prayer service given by Fr. Killian Loch, O.S.B., director of campus ministry. Mr. Jeffrie Mallory, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life, will welcome guests and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, will deliver keynote remarks.

Following dinner, a multimedia presentation, “What’s Your Dream?” will be shown. Mr. Cornelius Boggs, a senior biology major from Newark, New Jersey, will be master of ceremonies for the program that will include keynote speaker M. Gayle Moss, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of NAACP. A choral presentation by Mr. Boggs and Ms. Chantal Braziel, a freshman music major from Pittsburgh, a saxophone performance by Ryan Nelson, a senior communication major from Pittsburgh, and re-creation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by Ms. Jemison, Simon Clayton, a senior marketing major from East Orange, New Jersey, and James Lederach, a junior political science major from Scottdale. A mime group from the First Antioch Baptist Church of Greensburg will perform before the closing ceremony presented by Mr. Boggs, Mercedes Guilford,a junior marketing major from East Orange, New Jersey, and Davina Hefflin, a senior English major from Greenville.

The College’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is being chaired by Jeffrie Mallory, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Life in the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Student Life at Saint Vincent.

“The goal of the day as always is to honor, respect and remember the great things Martin Luther King, Jr. did in his lifetime,” Mr. Mallory said. “We want to remember what he fought for and that he was a man who respected everyone and wanted everyone to be respected as well.”

“We are emphasizing the educational dimension in our program,” he concluded. “We are honored to have the really dynamic Ms. Moss as our featured speaker. Attendance at our observance has been growing every year and we look forward to hosting an even larger group of students, faculty, staff and people from the area.”

Further information about the Day of Remembrance is available from Mr. Mallory at 724 805-2415 or jeffrie.mallory@email.stvincent.edu.

In addition, The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government, and its Aurelius Scholars in Western Civilization Program, will present an academic roundtable from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19 in the Fred M. Rogers Center on campus. The program, Reflections on Martin Luther King’s Legacy, will include presentations by Dr. Michael P. Krom, assistant professor of philosophy; Dr. Timothy Kelly, professor of history; Dr. Thaddeus Coreno, associate professor of sociology; and Dr. Bradley C.S. Watson, Philip M. McKenna Chair of American and Western Political Thought and Professor of Politics. Moderator will be Dr. Jason R. Jividen, assistant professor of politics. Admission is free and open to the public.