Honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., La Salle University will hold its annual King’s Dream series of events throughout the coming weeks. On Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day, La Salle will kick off its King’s Dream 2013 with a day of service.
According to Brother Bob Kinzler, F.S.C., La Salle’s Director of University Ministry and Service, more than 100 La Salle students, faculty, and staff are expected to participate in the day of service, joining neighbors and other community members in several service projects in La Salle’s neighborhood. Locations include: Belfield Recreation Center, Calcutta House, Our Lady of Hope, and Face to Face. Volunteers will also remain at La Salle to help with the Trash Bash, doing any necessary cleaning on campus and its surrounding neighborhood.
La Salle volunteers will return to campus prior to the Presidential Inauguration, which will be streamed live in the Dan Rodden Theatre. All members of the La Salle community, as well as the neighboring community, are invited to the Interfaith Prayer Service, which will be held in the De La Salle Chapel at 3 p.m. Alumna Robin Smith, Ph.D., ’83, psychologist and best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker at the service.
La Salle will also be taking part in The Butterfly Project, which is based on the poetry written by the children in the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust. The Butterfly Project was created with the intent to collect 15,000 handmade butterflies to honor the 15,000 children who died in Terezin between 1942 and 1944.
Tables will be set up in the La Salle Union during the third week of January for students, faculty and staff to drop off their handmade butterflies. The Butterfly Project has been collecting butterflies from around the world for 15 years. Eventually, all of the butterflies will be part of an exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Houston, Texas. The Butterfly Project performance, which is based on an illustrated book of poetry written by the Terezin children, will take place on Jan. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the De La Salle Chapel. The featured speaker will be a Holocaust survivor/liberator.
Another part of King’s Dream 2013 is the Emerging Leaders Program which takes place on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in the La Salle Union. According to Pete Lafferty, Community Coordinator for Leadership Development, the program “helps students understand themselves and their personal and leadership styles and to understand the issues facing our nation in terms of social justice. We ask students to make an action plan based on their understanding of themselves and issues. They are then mentored and coached to advance that action plan.”
Students may also honor King by competing in La Salle’s inaugural Oratorical and Spoken Word Contest. La Salle students, as well as local high school students, are invited to write an oratorical speech or spoken word piece reflecting this year’s theme, “The Audacity to Believe” and focusing on King’s quote “…I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity and equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other-centered men can build up…”
Submissions can focus on but are not limited to, current events, social justice issues, and King’s philosophy of non-violent opposition to social injustice. Applications must be submitted online before Monday, Jan. 28. The contest will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. in the Dan Rodden Theatre.
Click here (http://studentaffairs.lasalle.edu/mlk) for additional information about King’s Dream 2013.
–Danielle Marcus, ’13