ND to commemorate Martin Luther King with discussion, prayer and service

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 19 (Monday) will be celebrated at the University of Notre Dame with events before, on and after the date itself.

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s emeritus president, will speak of his friendship with Rev. King and his own experiences in the civil rights movement, in a discussion Thursday (Jan. 15) at 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Auditorium of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art.The discussion,“Witness to a Movement,”will include the story behind the famous photograph, now exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution, of Father Hesburgh and Rev. King with their arms linked during a 1964 civil rights rally in Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Joining Father Hesburgh in the discussion will be Richard Pierce, Notre Dame’s John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of History and chair of Africana Studies,and Dina Harris, director of foundation relations at Indiana University South Bend.The event, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Office of Multicultural Students and Programs, is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will host and preside at a prayer service honoring Rev. King’s legacy Jan. 19 (Monday) at 11 a.m. in the rotunda of Notre Dame’s Main Building.Joining Father Jenkins will be Rev. Hugh Page, dean of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies, members of the University’s Celebration Choir and other Notre Dame students.A reception will follow.

Notre Dame’s student government will sponsor a"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service"on Jan. 25 (Sunday), when student volunteers will gather for a campus breakfast followed by a day of various community service projects in the South Bend area.

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