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Mercyhurst slates MLK Day events

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mercyhurst University will host “The Radical Redemption of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The presentation by Dr. Umeme Sababu, professor of American and African-American History at Edinboro University and chairman of the READY for Life Scholastic Center in Erie, examines the black freedom struggle, with emphasis on the Great March on Washington and King’s famous "I Have a Dream" speech as well as King’s evolution as a leader and activist. The presentation, sponsored by the Mercyhurst Multicultural Center and KEY (Knowledge Empowers You), is free and open to the public.

Another highlight of the university’s MLK observance, offered by the Campus Involvement Center, is the screening of a documentary on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. titled “King: A Man of Peace in a Time of War.” The film will be shown on Monday, Jan. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Great Room of the student union.  The event, supported by a university Diversity Enrichment Grant, is open to the Mercyhurst community.  Hosts will provide some of King’s favorite sweets for the occasion: pecan pie and cocoa.

The Service Learning Office will provide transportation to Mercyhurst students and employees who wish to participate in the MLK Peace March in downtown Erie. Vans will depart the student union on Monday at 9:30 a.m. and are expected to return to campus around 11:30 a.m.

On Monday evening in Egan Cafeteria, Parkhurst Dining Services will offer a Southern-Style dinner in honor of Dr. King.