“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Join the Loyola community as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Week for Peace, January 16, 2012 – January 21, 2012 will feature a week of events which commemorate the ideals of Dr. King, one of the most dynamic and influential leaders who walked the face of the earth. His perseverance, resilience and love for all mankind left a legacy which we have the pleasure of celebrating each year. Furthermore, King’s dream of equality parallels our Jesuit ideals, in particular those of pursuing excellence, commitment to service, and linking faith with justice. As I reflect on Dr. King’s impact, I think of some the impactful quotes from Dr. King which are reflected in the events highlighted this week:

Monday: MLK Interfaith Service at Dillard University
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Khaled Badr, Loyola junior.

MLK Week for Peace will begin with an Interfaith Service where students from each institution will share expressions of their faith. Our own Khaled Badr will be reading from the Islamic prayer from the holy Qur’an. The event will be held in the Lawless Chapel at 6:00PM. Loyola’s Genesis Gospel Choir will also be the featured choir for the evening.

Thursday: MLK Convocation at Xavier University
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

The featured speaker for this year’s convocation is Dr. Steve Perry, author of the bestseller, “When Push Comes to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve.” Dr. Perry will speak about how King’s critiques of the deficits of the American education system still applies today. Our own Margaret Vienne will receive the distinguished Community Service Award!

Margaret Vienne, Loyola junior.

- Steve Perry, author of the bestseller, “When Push Comes to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve.”

Friday: Expressions of Unity, Step Show, and AfterPARTY!!!!
“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers”
“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers”

This event will celebrate Dr. King through song, dance, spoken word, and stepping! Sophomore music majors Beau Autin and Shannon Briggs are two of the featured artist of this day’s event. Loyola’s step team will also be competing for the title champion in this year’s annual step-off hosted by our own Sherard Briscoe. Artwork done by Michelle Rau and Tony Fusco will be showcased throughout McAlister Auditorium. A party will be held in St. Charles room immediately afterwards.

Saturday: MLK Day of Service

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Loyola will host this year’s MLK Day of Service where over 800 volunteers will go out into our “beloved community” of New Orleans and do service projects ranging from sorting donations to beautifying the city. Sign up to serve at http://www.mlkweek4peace.com/. Registration opens on Monday, January 16, 2012. There will be a celebration held in Loyola’s Res Quad immediately after service takes place. All participants will receive free lunch and a t-shirt. Contact Joe Deegan at jbdeegan@loyno.edu for more information.

I leave you with this final thought from beloved educator, author, and activist Shirley Chisholm, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” Take advantage of the events this week to celebrate Dr. King and serve your fellow man!

We hope you are able to part This week is a collaborative effort between Xavier University, Tulane University, Dillard University, and Loyola University. All events are free and open to the public. Free transportation is available to all students. For more information, please visit http://www.mlkweek4peace.com/ or contact Courtney Williams at cwilliam@loyno.edu

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