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Susquehanna Presents Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Published on January 8, 2014

Rev. Irene MonroeSusquehanna University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January with a series of events emphasizing King’s message of community and unity.

The celebration begins on Jan. 19 with the public chapel service “Breaking Down Barriers to Community,” scheduled for 11 a.m. in Weber Chapel. Susquehanna’s new chaplain, the Rev. Scott Kershner, will officiate. A community luncheon will follow at noon in Shearer-Weber Dining Rooms of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

Winter Convocation will be held the following evening, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Winter Convocation will include a program of inspiring music performed by students and faculty, in addition to remarks by the Rev. Irene Monroe, an African-American feminist theologian, activist and syndicated religion columnist. Her writing appears in 43 cities across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

A native of Brooklyn, Monroe is a graduate of Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. She served as a pastor for an African-American church before attending Harvard Divinity School as a Ford Fellow.

The event will include a poetry reading by Assistant Professor of English Angelique Nixon. She also wrote lyrics for a newly commissioned composition by Andrea Clearfield, “The Arc Towards Justice,” which will be performed by Susquehanna music faculty Gail Levinsky (saxophone), Nina Tober (vocals) and Ilya Blinov (piano).

Susquehanna’s celebration of King will come to a close on Jan. 25 with an Advocacy Awareness Day on campus for students and faculty.

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