Martin Luther King to be honored by Notre Dame events

by Michael O. Garvey

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Day will be observed at the University of Notre Dame with a prayer service Monday (Jan. 17) at 11:30 a.m. in the Main Building rotunda.

Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will lead the “Prayer Service to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Other participants will include Rev. Hugh Page, dean of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies and associate professor of theology and Africana studies, and community leaders from the Michiana area. Music will be provided by Notre Dame’s Celebration Choir and members of the Notre Dame Folk Choir. A reception will follow the event, which is open to the public.

In addition, the University’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services will commemorate the civil rights leader slain 42 years ago in a series of five discussions collectively entitled “The Martin Luther King Jr. Series for the Study of Race.” The discussions will take place in Room 136 of DeBartolo Hall at 6 p.m. each Thursday evening from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17. Beginning with a Jan. 20 keynote address by Notre Dame’s president emeritus Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., the discussions will offer Notre Dame students and faculty historical, cultural, moral and psychological considerations of race in America and at Notre Dame.

Other discussion leaders include Jason Ruiz, assistant professor of American Studies; Richard Pierce, chair of Africana Studies and associate professor of history; Agustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology; Irene Park, assistant professor of psychology; and May Kim, doctoral student in psychology.

More information about the discussion series is available here.

Contact: Tobias Blake, 574-631-6841,