Jesuit Institutions Celebrate MLK Day 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo in Public Domain)


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo in Public Domain)

WASHINGTON, DC - This month, Jesuit colleges and universities across the country will host lectures, interfaith services and many other events to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please click on the links below for details. Note: This list will continue to be updated throughout January. Please send news to AJCU's director of communications, Deanna Howes: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

Commemorations began on Tuesday, Jan. 12, when Saint Louis University hosted several civil rights leaders for the University's fifth annual MLK Tribute. On Sunday, Jan. 17, Wheeling Jesuit University will host an Interfaith March for Peace and Freedom, while the University of Scranton will host the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission's Annual Celebration and Awards Dinner on campus.

On Monday, Jan. 18, Georgetown University will partner with the Kennedy Center on the popular 'Let Freedom Ring!' concert in Washington, D.C. On the West Coast, Gonzaga University students will participate in a day of service in Spokane, WA, while in the Midwest, the University of Detroit Mercy will host a service day and Rockhurst University will sponsor an interfaith prayer service and evening lecture.

Noted poet Claudia Rankine will speak on two Jesuit campuses this month: Loyola University Maryland on Monday, Jan. 18 and Fairfield University on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Regis University will host a week's worth of events, including a gathering with local Denver Muslims on Tuesday, Jan. 19. That evening, Saint Joseph's University will host a candlelight vigil and dinner at the campus student center, while Seattle University's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a MLK Celebration.

Loyola University New Orleans will partner with several New Orleans institutions on events for a Week For Peace, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 20. On Thursday, Jan. 21, Boston College will host a Unity Breakfast on campus, while Marquette University will host a lecture with Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin. The next day, students at Loyola Marymount University will participate in a service celebrating the life of Dr. King.

The College of the Holy Cross will host multiple events over the next few weeks, including campus discussions of noted author Tavis' Smiley's book, Death of a King. Creighton University's week of events includes the 6th Annual MLK Teach-In on Saturday, Jan. 16. Fordham University's week of events includes a Sustained Dialogue Series on Letters from Birmingham, while Xavier University's week of events includes a panel on racial justice and the role of Jesuit institutions.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, John Carroll University will host a MLK Celebration with Arun Gandhi, who will reflect on his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Loyola University Chicago will host the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement during a MLK Celebration. The next day, Le Moyne College will host activist Peggy McIntosh for a keynote address on campus.

This week, Jersey City remembered Dr. King's visit to Saint Peter's University in 1965 with a tribute on Facebook, and as part of its President's Speaker Series, noted activist Bryan Stevenson, "America's Mandela," spoke at Santa Clara University on Thursday, Jan. 14. Of note, Canisius College awards a MLK Scholarship every year; Spring Hill College's connection to Dr. King is featured on its institutional website; and at the University of San Francisco, Dr. King's former speechwriter, Clarence Jones, serves as a visiting professor.