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ANNUAL REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., DAY OF SERVICE TO SHOW CAMPUS
UNITY WHILE DELIVERING COMMUNITY SERVICE IN HONOR OF CIVIL RIGHTS
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –
More than 150 Slippery Rock University student volunteers are
expected to turn out for the university’s second annual Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service set for Jan. 17 and
including participation in the Unity Project breakfast in Butler, a
series of community service projects and a keynote address
delivered by the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
university will remain open, but there are no day or evening
classes in observance of the national holiday.
day will also include an 11 a.m. kickoff program in the University
Union, which will offer the traditional Rev. Martin Luther King,
Jr., Speech Competition followed by a volunteers’ luncheon.
Prior to Dees’ 7 p.m. address in Miller Auditorium, a 6 p.m.
candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate previous marches that
have taken place for the civil liberties now enjoyed across the
nation. The vigil will include stops at both Boozel and Weisenfluh
dining halls to gather participants before ending at Miller where
the annual Civil Leadership Awards will be
event is a growing tradition at Slippery Rock University,”
says Robert Clay, assistant director of the Office of Intercultural
Programs, a primary organizer for the program. “We started
last year, and we were overwhelmed by the student participation.
Our service project was creating and delivering personal care
packages to those in nearby personal care centers. This year, our
community service projects involve spending time with residents at
Orchard Manor and Fellowship Manor in Grove City as well as helping
teachers complete assignments and engage in recreational activities
with children and youth at the Grove City YMCA and the SRU Child
Care Center. Volunteers will also help Mt. Olive Baptist Church in
Grove City, and the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Rescue team
complete beautification projects.”
have taken the idea that the holiday is not a day off, but a day
on,” Clay explains, saying that by uniting all segments of
the campus, the project focuses efforts on the kind of work Dr.
King supported. “This program is cosponsored by various
campus departments because it brings diversity groups together for
the common good, including respect for Rev.
was among those founding the SPLC in 1971 at a small civil rights
law firm in Montgomery, Ala. Today, the internationally known
center focuses on its tolerance education programs, its legal
victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate
groups as well as promotion of cultural diversity, social justice
and civil liberties of historically bypassed
The son of
farmers, Dees attended the University of Alabama where he founded a
nationwide direct mail sales company that specialized in book
publishing. After graduation from the University of Alabama School
of Law in 1960, he returned to and opened a law office and
continued his publishing to make his firm one of the largest in the
South. In 1969, he sold the company to Times Mirror, the parent
company of the Los Angeles Times. In a controversial case, Dees
sued to stop construction of a white university in an Alabama city
that already had a predominantly black state college. In 1969, he
filed suit to integrate the all-white Montgomery YMCA.
Dees has received numerous
awards in conjunction with his work at the Center. Trial Lawyers
for Public Justice named him Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1987, and
he received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Award from the
National Education Association in 1990. The American Bar
Association gave him its Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award,
and the American Civil Liberties Union honored Dees with its Roger
Baldwin Award. Colleges and universities have recognized his
accomplishments with honorary degrees, and the University of
Alabama gave him its Humanitarian Award in 1993. His autobiography,
“A Season for Justice" was published in
Security will be tightened at Miller for the
lecture with bags, purses or backpacks search on entry to the
auditorium and no flash photography will be permitted during the
address. Parking will be limited near the facility.
Asche Douglas, noted artist, author and professor of fine arts at
Geneva College, will open the day with “King and
Culture” at an 8:30 a.m. breakfast at the Butler YWCA, 120 W.
Cunningham St. Tickets are $5 at the door and are available from
Sandra Stevenson, assistant director of diversity and staff
training at SRU. The breakfast is sponsored by
theAmerican Association of University Women and Butler
who has taught at LeMoyne-Owens, Philander Smith and Texas
colleges, as well as Southern University and University of the
Nations, is active on numerous director and advisory boards,
including Christian Scholars Review, the Rochester Chamber of
Commerce and the Sweetwater Center for the arts. She has exhibited
her art extensively, including shows at Carnegie Mellon University,
Butler County Community College, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in
New Castle and Campbell Gallery at Sewickly Academy among
information and event details are available at
www.sru.edu/pages/8150.asp or by calling 724-738-2700.
King Day of Service Planning Committee organized event is sponsored
by SRU’s Office of Academic Affairs, the Divisions of Student
Life, Finance and Administrative Affairs, the SRU Frederick
Douglass Institute, the Office of Human Resources and Diversity,
the Office of Intercultural Programs, the President’s Office,
the Office of Residence Life, the SGA Bookstore, University
Printing Services and University Public Relations and AVI
Foodsystems, the campus contract food vendor.
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