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
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."