Niagara University Embraces Weeklong Celebration of MLK

January 27, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Sharaud Moore

    Sharaud Moore, the inspiration behind 'The Freedom Writers,' speaks to students in the Castellani Art Museum. The event was part of NU's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • MLK Week Banner

    A banner denoting NU's weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. greeted Gallagher Center visitors.

  • MLK Tribute

    A commemorative display in the Gallagher Center paid tribute to 1968, the year Dr. King died. It included 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.

  • MLK Jukebox

    Students had an opportunity to select 1960s-era tunes from a jukebox in the Gallagher Center.

  • MLK Week

    NU graduate student Sabrina Khandai poses for a photo in the 1960s-inspired area outside of the Gallagher Center's Multi-Purpose Room.

  • MLK Week

    Niagara University students and community volunteers sort and clean sandals as part of a service project related to the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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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.

For more information on Niagara University’s programs relating to culture and diversity, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 716.286.8510 or ude.aragainnull@bed.

Article by Angela Puzzella, a senior communication studies major at NU.