Last week at Niagara University was one full of remembrance and thought-provoking discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The weeklong celebration focused on keeping alive the memory of Dr. King and his mission of service and equality.
The week kicked off with a service activity sponsored by the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement in which students and local volunteers took gently worn sandals from the Cave of the Winds, paired and cleaned them up to be sent to areas in need across the globe.
“Part of the mission of Niagara University is service. This shows that it is bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and I think that is something that MLK pushed as well,” stated Yvette Suarez, a member of the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement.
Allison Jensen, a Niagara junior and member of the university’s B.O.L.D. (Business Organizational Leadership Development) club, added, “Niagara promotes Martin Luther King Jr.’s values year round by offering service opportunities like this.”
Not only did Niagara host service opportunities last week, the university also offered several film screenings, discussions and speakers revolving around the themes of social justice as well as focusing on Dr. King’s life as a whole. The highlight was a keynote address by Sharaud Moore, a member of a real-life high school class in Long Beach, Calif., that inspired a book, The Freedom Writers, and a successful movie by the same name.
Article by Angela Puzzella, a senior communication studies major at NU.