Gannon University Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Prayer and Reflection

Posted: January 12, 2018

Gannon University students will lead and take part in a prayer service as they once again come together to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The prayer service, open to Gannon students, faculty and staff, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 520 Peach St., and will also feature music and dramatic readings.

The service follows several community-wide events throughout the day in which Gannon students, faculty and staff will also participate, starting with a noon march from Perry Square to the Martin Luther King Center, 312 Chestnut St. A wreath-laying ceremony, program, and simple soup lunch will follow at the center.

The public is also invited to attend a prayer service hosted by the Horton family and friends at St. James A.M.E. Church, 236 E. 11th St., at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dale B. Snyder will speak on "Slay the Dreamer and What Shall Become of His Dreams?" Offerings will benefit the R. Benjamin Wiley '67, '77M and the Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Horton Scholarship Fund.

The day is a celebration not only of King's work but of what could be, said Sara Nesbitt, program coordinator for Gannon's Center for Social Concerns.

"We so often think of Martin Luther King Jr. as a historical figure, but so much of what he did and said still carries so much resonance today," Nesbitt said. "Continuing to not only celebrate his legacy but learn more about the broad spectrum of his work will only help continue his vision and mission." 

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