Saint Joseph’s University Honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Prayer and Art

Thursday, January 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (January 11, 2018) — On Monday, Jan. 15, Saint Joseph’s University will join the nation in honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with community service, and later, an art exhibit and an interfaith prayer service. The events are part of a yearlong celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic visit to the University. Nearly six months later, Dr. King would be assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The University’s events reflect Dr. King’s call for unity. "We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny,” he said during his 1967 address.

On Jan. 15, members of Saint Joseph's athletics teams will perform service at sites throughout the Philadelphia area.

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID) will welcome photographer and curator John Noltner, whose multimedia arts project “A Peace of My Mind” asks participants to respond to the question, “What does peace mean to you?” Noltner will exhibit his photographs and stories on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Campion Student Center’s North Lounge, and will offer a lecture on Tuesday at 5 p.m., in The Perch. Members of the University and surrounding communities who are interested in participating in Noltner’s photo and interview project must register online. Sessions will be held on Monday from 1 to 8 p.m., in Campion Student Center’s Sunroom I. This exhibit is one of three events sponsored by OID this semester that will honor King’s legacy.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 12 p.m., the Office of Mission’s Interfaith Task Force will hold SJU Prays, an interfaith liturgy emphasizing Dr. King’s call for mutuality and solidarity. Held in the Chapel of Saint Joseph, the service will include invocations of prayer and musical offerings from several faith traditions.

Campus Ministry will also welcome Sharon Browning, Esq., who will offer an active listening training to student leaders in the Magis and weekly service programs on Monday, Feb. 15. Browning’s presentation, “Just Listening,” teaches students how to better listen to the people they meet during community service and how compassionate communication can be an act of justice.

“Our programs this month and semester continue to explore the ways ‘Our Destinies Are Tied Together,’ our MLK 50th anniversary theme,” says Monica Nixon, Ed.D., assistant provost for inclusion and diversity. “The theme aligns with the University's mission to foster engaged citizenship, and it calls us to consider how we can heal political and social divisions to resolve critical challenges in our community and world."

Learn more about the University’s remembrance of Dr. King’s visit at

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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