Pancake breakfast with Father Graham kicks off a week of commemorative events for King

Servant leadership is the theme of the week's events on campus in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. | January 4, 2010

Xavier University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. during the week of Jan. 18-22 focuses on the principle of servant leadership. A series of posters is being displayed around the walls of the Gallagher Student Center detailing King’s impact around the world, and a slideshow reflecting his life of servant leadership through his speeches, quotes and sermons is being shown on television screens throughout the student center.

But the week gets its big start on Jan. 18 at 8:00 a.m. when Xavier President Michael Graham, S.J., hosts a pancake breakfast at the Hoff Marketplace student dining hall. After eating a breakfast of Graham-flipped pancakes at $5 per meal, students can board a bus at at 9:30 a.m. at Bellarmine Circle to the citywide march and rally that ends at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. To sign up for the bus ride and rally, send an e-mail to the Office of Multicultural Affairs at To learn more about the march, visit the coalition web site.

Other events during the week include:

• Jan. 19, Breaking the Silence: Wall of Expression, Gallagher Center
From 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., participants can help build a wall to address and diffuse the power of hateful expressions based on differences, the basis for physical, mental and verbal abuse throughout history. From 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in Room 330 of Gallagher, observers can participate in a discussion about racism, hatefulness and bigotry by examining the Wall of Expression and discussing how to promote an appreciation for diversity. At 5:00 p.m., on the Greenspace outside Gallagher, participants will tear down the wall to symbolically break the silence about hatred.

• Jan 19, An Evening with Kevin Powell, Gallagher Center Theater, 7:00 p.m.
Writer and activist Kevin Powell lectures on the topic of servant leadership.

• Jan. 20, Dr. King Coffee Hour, Gallagher Center Faces of the World Lounge, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Have tea, coffee and refreshments during this time of remembering the contributions of King.

• Jan. 21, Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy Through Arts, Gallagher Center Theater, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King through various art forms such as spoken word, liturgical dance, choir performances and live music featuring Xavier organizations and community groups.

• Jan. 22, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, The Women’s Center, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
View the film, “Taking Root,” the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy. The Women's Center is located at 1415 Dana Ave.