Mercyhurst celebrates MLK Day

A reflection reception, memorial march and immersion experience highlight the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Mercyhurst College on Monday, Jan. 16.

Students, faculty and administrators are encouraged to gather in the student union Great Room between 9 and 11 a.m. for complimentary refreshments and an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the national holiday.

A van will depart from behind the student union at 11:15 a.m. to take students to Perry Square for the 26th annual MLK Memorial March. Individuals who are driving are encouraged to meet at the gazebo. Look for the “Mercyhurst College Celebrates Diversity” banner.

The MLK Day festivities culminate in a service immersion project at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania for a small group of students who signed up to participate through the service learning office.

“The service project is a way to bond as a group around a community need, in this case sorting and boxing food for Second Harvest’s clients,” said Colin Hurley, service learning director.

The event concludes with a discussion of the “working poor” and the “food desert” crisis that has risen sharply in recent years, Hurley said.

The college’s MLK events are sponsored by the Office of Service Learning, Marion Shane Multicultural Center and the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development.
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