CHEYNEY, PA (Jan. 12, 2010) — Cheyney University of Pennsylvania will hold a special event to honor the life and legacy of civil rights’ leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.
The formal program will occur following a mock student march beginning at the Ada S. Georges Dining Hall and will end at the Dudley Theatre, with a reception to follow. The march will include a single drummer signifying the voice of one man that impacted so many lives.
Participants and guests will receive a commemorative bookmark with a quote from one of Dr. King’s famous speeches. It reads: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice.”
One invited guest includes Reverend Elisha B. Morris (Class of ’84) who has a passion for civil rights. He is a member of a host of organizations that include Cheyney University NAACP Student Chapter, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, The TB&D Radio Network, NAACP, Church of God in Christ, NJ NAACP Youth and College Division, COGIC International Youth Dept Young Adult Ministry just to name a few.
Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital, 11th President of Cheyney University, said, “It is important to celebrate MLK Day because of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream and the hard work of many other Americans. We are becoming a more inclusive and competitive America. In order for America to continue to progress, it is important to make sure that each American reaches his or her highest potential and for most of us this means pursuing higher education.”
This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and is open to the public.
Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Vice President of Student Affairs and Student Life, said, “It is a time to reflect and rededicate ourselves to assist those who are victims of unequal opportunity in areas such as education and social justice.”
Student Government Cooperative Association President Fawaaz Fields will charge the students with completing a service activity over the next semester in the form of pledge cards.
Join Cheyney University for this, and other future events, by visiting our CU events calendar on our website at www.cheyney.edu.
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About Cheyney University
Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE.) Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’