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January 15, 2015

King’s Dream 2015: La Salle Honors the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a Series of Community-Based Events

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. 19, Martin Luther King Day, La Salle will kick off its program with a day of service.

According to Brother Bob Kinzler, F.S.C., La Salle’s Director of the University’s Office of Ministry and Service, more than 160 La Salle students, faculty, and staff are expected to participate in the day of service; so many people signed up that the University needed to add additional volunteering opportunities. The Lasallians will join neighbors and other community members providing service at organizations near campus, including the Belfield Recreation Center, Calcutta House, an AIDS hospice, and Face to Face, which offers free human services to more than 2,500 low income and homeless individuals each year.

Also on Jan. 19 will be an Interfaith Prayer Service at the De La Salle Chapel:
a fellowship gathering starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by the service at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m., members of the neighborhood community will be invited to join in an extended fellowship.

Another part of King’s Dream 2015 is the Emerging Leaders Program, which will take place on Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Dunleavy Auditorium. It will feature a discussion of inequality in the United States, and how using Dr. King’s message of
non-violence and love can effect positive change. The guest speaker is
William Wright-El, a spoken word artist and founder of the Philadelphia
“NO Boundaries” program.

As part of this celebration of Dr. King, La Salle students and high school students are also invited to enter the University’s third annual Oratorical and Spoken Word Contest, scheduled for Feb. 10. Students are to submit either an oratorical or spoken word piece reflecting a theme based on an excerpt from one of Dr. King’s speeches:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.”

An online application must be completed before Monday, Jan. 26, at

For information on all MLK events, visit:

La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. Money magazine named La Salle University a “Value All-Star,” ranking it the eighth-best college nationwide for adding the most value for a college education. Globally, the Lasallian educational network includes 1,000 schools
(60 of which are institutions of higher education) serving 940,000 students in 80 countries.