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 SRU Students to Offer Service, Recall Courage as Part of Rev. King Holiday 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The King Day of Service Planning Committee at Slippery Rock University will sponsor the Third Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday [Jan. 16] with the emphasis on a “day on, not a day off” as students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members participate in service projects and recall the work of Rev. King.

      A number of events are scheduled, beginning with an 11 a.m. kickoff ceremony in the University Union that will include the annual Rev. Dr. King Performance Competition presentations, followed by service project opportunities in Slippery Rock and surrounding communities from noon to 3 p.m. Rev. Berta Newsome, a 20-year veteran in the social service field and active in the United Faith Fellowship Church of God in Meadville, will speak. She is ordained and licensed by the Church of God Credential Board of Western Pennsylvania and the Church of God of Anderson, Ind. In addition to ministerial training with her church, Rev. Newsome has completed several certificate programs through Moody Bible College, Rhema Bible College and is currently enrolled in Trinity Bible College.

     The day will end with a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. through campus and a culminating celebration program in Miller Auditorium at 7 p.m. featuring Rev. Linda B. Oliver, special projects minister at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, as speaker. Ordained in 2002, her ministry is formatted to unify all the ministries of the church and to serve as spiritual leader for community and church events, including revivals, conferences, retreats and special community-related events. She also oversees intercessory prayer and the volunteer ministry for her church.

     The Miller Auditorium ceremony will include presentation of the prestigious Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Leadership Awards. Recipients will be honored for demonstrating support of civil rights in words and actions, advocating for social justice in words and actions, demonstrating leadership in moving and motivating others toward and understanding of, and quest for, civil rights and social justice for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The ceremony will include a presentation by the performance competition winner with the competition designed around Rev. King’s message and personal journey dealing with social justice, civil disobedience and non-violent revolution. Participants will support their thoughts on the life and legacy of Dr King using any form of artistic expression.

      The daylong program is being organized by SRU’s Office of Intercultural Programs.

      SRU opens spring semester classes on Jan. 17.






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