Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199;
SRU STUDENTS TO OFFER SERVICE, RECALL COURAGE
AS PART OF REV. KING HOLIDAY
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.
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
program is being organized by SRU’s Office of Intercultural
spring semester classes on Jan. 17.
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