Mount St. Joseph University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with two days of events. On Monday, January 16, a group of Mount students will work on a service project while others will participate in the annual march in downtown Cincinnati. On Wednesday, January 18, a public luncheon sponsored by the Mount’s Black Student Union will complete the celebration.
“Taking ‘a day on, not a day off’ provides our community with the opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy of service, his fight against oppression, and attention to social justice,” said Terri Hurdle, Ed.D., director of diversity and inclusion. “This day serves as a reminder that if change is to happen, it begins with each person.”
About 35 students will build sheds for Habitat for Humanity for a shed build project that will take place on the Mount’s Theatre loading dock from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Last year, students assembled seven sheds which were used for homes in the Cincinnati area. The Mount will send about 25 students to participate in the citywide annual MLK Cincinnati Commemorative Civil Rights March. Students will assemble at the Freedom Center and proceed to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service followed by a march to the Taft Theater.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national day of service that calls upon all sectors of society to stand in solidarity with the mission of Dr. King’s life, which was to end discrimination in all forms, including housing discrimination,” said Keith Lanser, coordinator for service learning at the Mount.
The celebration continues on Wednesday, January 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Black Student Union’s annual MLK Leadership Luncheon with the theme of “The Courage of a King.” Chris Miller, Cincinnati Freedom Center, will portray Dr. King in his speech, “Our God is Marching On!” The event includes lunch and takes place in the Corona Room in the Seton Center.