Xavier commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free events during the week

The keynote presentation by political science professor Ravi Perry focuses on leadership by youth | January 14, 2011

Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is presenting a series of events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including "An Evening with Dr. Ravi Perry" on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Perry, assistant professor of political science at Clark University, lectures on how the leadership of young people during the Civil Rights movement can inspire today’s college students.

The event includes a discussion on being a proactive leader for all civil liberties. The event, being held in the Gallagher Student Center Theater from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The University is officially closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of the holiday, but additional commemorative events are being held before and after the holiday for students and the public to attend, including a Mass on Sunday, Jan. 16, titled "The Movement of a King: Student Reflections at Mass." Read President Barack Obama's proclamation about King and visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs website for more information about the following events:

Jan. 14 Who is Martin Luther King to You?
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. First floor table of Gallagher Student Center, free and open to the public.
Take some time to reflect on the impact King has had on your life and share that story on video. This video will be used later in the week for a prayer service and on Facebook.

Jan. 16 Student Reflections Mass
9:45 p.m. Bellarmine Chapel, free and open to the public.
Students share reflections on who and what King is to them and how his life has impacted their service and faith.

Jan. 17-Feb. 28 African-American Contributions to U.S. Business
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily Smith Hall, free and open to the public.
A display and video will be shown in the Williams College of Business demonstrating the value of contributions by African-Americans to U.S. businesses.

Jan. 18 Wall of Expression
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. First floor Gallagher Student Center, free and open to the public.
Express yourself as we build a wall to address and diffuse the power of hateful expressions based on differences. At 4:00 p.m., help us burn the Wall of Expression outside Gallagher Student Center, symbolically breaking the silence about hatred within the community. We will conclude by breaking challah bread as a sign of unity.

Jan. 18 King of the Court 2-on-2 Basketball Tournament
6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. O’Connor Sports Center, open to Xavier students, faculty and staff only.
A single-elimination tournament, three-person roster in men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Music, food, drinks provided. A quiz challenge highlights athletes active in the civil rights movement.