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 SRU ML King events spotlight volunteers, leader's legacy 



December 18, 2009

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


SRU ML King events spotlight volunteers, leader's legacy


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University will pay homage to the life of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with two programs the week of Jan. 18, including the annual King Day of Service and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, featuring Todd Allen, associate professor of communication at Geneva College, as speaker.

            Faculty, staff and students are needed as volunteers Jan. 18 to do community-service projects throughout the region. Sign up by individuals, clubs, groups organizations, residence hall floors (or floor sections) may be completed by visiting: Registrations must be e-mailed to: by Jan. 13.

           The 4 p.m. Jan. 21 celebration day speaker has served as a guest lecturer/trip coordinator for the civil rights movement. His awards include the NEH Fellowship-African American Civil Rights Struggles in the Twentieth Century honor presented last year by Harvard University and being named a Minority Opinion Magazine Minority Achiever Award recipient in 2007. Allen also received the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award and the Civil Rights Humanitarian Award.

           The celebration, which marks the legacy of Rev. King, will be in the University Union. In addition to Allen's address, the University's Civil Leadership Awards will be presented and the Dr. King Essay Contest winners will present their essays.  

           The essay program, open to all SRU students, asks students to write about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quote, "An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity� Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" (From "A Conquering Self-Centeredness" speech given in Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 11, 1957.) 

           Complete guidelines and registration forms for the essay contest are available at: Essays are due today. Prizes include presentation of the essay at the program and $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

           Nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Leadership Awards are due Jan. 11. Faculty, staff and students are urged to consider nominating someone who has demonstrated support for civil rights and social justice in words and actions and who demonstrate leadership by motivating others toward understanding and pursuing civil rights and social justice for all people. 

           Nominations and letters of support should be sent to Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development, C-22 University Union.

           Those volunteering for the King Day of Service program are asked to assemble in the University Union at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. There are no classes and University offices will be closed in observance of the national holiday. Lunch and transportation to and from the various community-service projects will be provided. 

           The events provide excellent opportunities to increase diversity awareness. 

           Student volunteers can earn community-service hours for a class or major that includes a community-service component. Four hours of community-service credit are available for volunteers and Certificates of Participation will be presented at the Jan. 21 commemorative program.


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