Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Mercyhurst University community will celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a lunch-time social in the Great Room of the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union on Friday, Jan. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Members of the ‘Hurst community are invited to stop in and enjoy a meal featuring a carving station with roast turkey; Thai beef lettuce wraps; hot and cold hors d’oeuvres; and a birthday cake in King’s honor. King’s birthday is Jan. 15; the nation’s observance of MLK Day is Jan. 19. Entertainment will be provided.
The event is being organized by the university’s Multicultural Center directed by Pertrina Marrero and the Campus Involvement Center directed by Sarah Allen and takes its theme from King’s final sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct.”
In the Feb. 4, 1968, sermon, King said: “…if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”
In addition to Friday’s event, Mercyhurst students who would like to participate in the City of Erie’s annual Memorial March on Monday, Jan. 19, may get a ride from campus to Perry Square, where the march is to begin at 10 a.m. Interested students should gather inside the student union at 9:15 a.m., from which they will board a university van for transportation to and from the march.
Another opportunity for students to celebrate King’s legacy is through a service project organized by Bethany Brun, service learning coordinator, in cooperation with Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps and the Lake Effect Leader AmeriCorps VISTAs. Brun said she will welcome Mercyhurst volunteers to stand outside select stores on Martin Luther King Day and ask incoming customers if they would consider making a purchase of school supplies to be donated to one of three local groups: the Multicultural Resource Center, the House of Mercy and Urban Erie Community Development Corp.
Supplies needed for the “Stuff the Bus” project include crayons, scissors, folders, markers, glue sticks, No. 2 pencils, loose leaf paper, and colored pencils.
For more information on the luncheon, contact Marrero at 814-824-2369; on transportation to the march or details about the Stuff the Bus service project, call Brun at 814-824-2343.