Niagara Gazette — Niagara University is hosting a full slate of service and awareness activities in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event schedule, which includes community service projects and numerous discussions on social justice, is highlighted by a keynote speech by Sharaud Moore, an original Freedom Writer.
In addition to the events and initiatives listed, Niagara faculty and students will be participating in community service projects throughout the week that include reading passages from a book on Dr. King to students at Maple Avenue Elementary School and volunteering at the Heart, Love and Soul food pantry in Niagara Falls.
Events for the week:
• 7 P.M.: Mass for Peace & Justice — The Office of Campus Ministry invites the community to a special Mass in the Alumni Chapel.
• ALL DAY: 1968 Display — A commemorative display will pay tribute to 1968, the year Dr. King died. The presentation will include numerous mementos from that time, including photos of Niagara University, a listing of the top 100 Billboard songs, clothing trends, rare photos and several aspects of life experienced by college students during the era. It will be on display all day in the Gallagher Center multi-purpose room.
• ALL DAY: Youth Project — Local high school and middle school students will take part in campus tours, a Scholastic Books reading session, lunch and a panel discussion on how to achieve success as a student.
• 9:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. 50 Mile March for Martin — The university community will join together in an attempt to cumulatively walk 50 miles, the distance from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., where marches for voting rights and other civil rights causes were held. Treadmills will be designated in the Kiernan Center, while a DJ will be on hand from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to play music from the 1960s interspersed with snippets of speeches by Dr. King. For each mile walked, $1 will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.