Susquehanna University to Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Published on January 9, 2012
Barbara Love, a former social justice educator at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will be the keynote speaker at Susquehanna University’s program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. “Nurture the Dream, Diminish the Fear,” a program of music, readings and remarks, is free and open to the public.
Love consults internationally on empowerment of women, especially women of color, and has published widely on such issues as internalized racism, self-knowledge for social justice educators, building alliances for change and black identity development. She advises colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa, along with a variety of other organizations, on issues of diversity and inclusion. She has co-authored a number of publications on diversity and social justice education. Love's recent research examines personal and organizational transformation, individual empowerment and transformation, helping organizations to understand and manage diversity, and understanding and dismantling oppression.
The Susquehanna University Chorale, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music R. Colin Armstrong, will perform several selections, interspersed with readings and remarks from University President L. Jay Lemons and Kate Palley, director of Jewish life, among others. One of the readings will be an essay by the winner of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by Susquehanna among local high schools.
A reception will follow in the foyer of the theater.
“Susquehanna University embraces being an inclusive and affirming environment for its students, staff and faculty,” said Armenta Hinton, associate director of diversity and social justice. “As such, the MLK Winter Convocation has become a tradition in which we, as a community, can celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and reaffirm our commitment to a diverse and multicultural campus.”
The celebration will continue with a chapel service Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium. The service, open to the public, will feature hymns that were favorites of King’s, as well as readings by and about the famed civil rights leader.
The university community will embrace the spirit of King’s legacy with two additional events, organized by the Center for Civic Engagement, for students, faculty and staff. A Volunteer Fair on Jan. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center will offer students opportunities to serve any of 15 attending community organizations. And on Jan. 21, the campus community will mark Martin Luther King Advocacy Awareness Day with a series of discussions to educate and involve faculty, staff and students in such issues as social justice, sustainability and the right to food security, among other topics.
Karen M. Jones