Several events to memorialize Martin Luther King

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Students, faculty and staff of the University of Notre Dame will observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a prayer service in the rotunda of the Main Building at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21 (Monday).

Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Rev. Hugh R. Page, dean of the Universitys First Year of Studies, will offer prayers and reflections on the life and witness of the late civil rights leader.A reception will follow the prayer service.

The University will honor King with two other events the week of Jan. 20 to 26:

- Pastors and other leaders of several local faith communities will gather on Jan. 23 (Wednesday) at 7:15 p.m. in Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart forA Prayer for Christian Unity,an hour long ecumenical service including scripture readings, a sermon, prayers for unity, and music performed by the Voices of Faith Gospel Choir and the Celebration Choir.A reception hosted by the Universitys campus ministry office will follow in the Coleman-Morse Center.

- On Jan. 26 (Saturday) from noon to 4 p.m., the Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) of Notre Dames student government will sponsor a day of community service in Kings honor.Groups of student volunteers will be provided transportation to and from the campus to visit residents and help decorate the Healthwin Specialized Care Center for Valentines Day; to work at the Center for the Homeless; to help bone marrow donors complete paperwork for the Minority Pre-Med Societys Bone Marrow Drive; and to assist in the reorganization of the library at the Robinson Learning Center.On campus, students will gather in LaFortune Student Center to write letters and Valentines Day cards to terminally ill children, members of the armed services in Iraq and Afghanistan, and on behalf of victims of human rights violations worldwide.

The MACs day of community service will conclude at 4:15 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library, where Notre Dames president emeritus, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., will speak on his friendship with King.


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