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Villanova University Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The University’s MLK Celebration will include a Day of Service and other activities honoring the civil rights icon 

Villanova University Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

VILLANOVA, Pa. –Villanova University will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of programs and service opportunities honoring Dr. King’s vision of peace and social justice. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

Villanova’s 11th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will take place on Monday, January 15 with members of the University community gathering to improve lives and bridge social barriers throughout the greater Philadelphia area.

The Charles Widger School of Law will host Alisha Williams as part of their MLK Keynote Address, sponsored by Pepper Hamilton LLP, on Tuesday, January 23. Williams is the Director of the LGBTQ Poverty Initiative, a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and is a member of the 5BoroDefenders District Attorney Accountability working group, and has worked as an advocate with many grassroots groups and clients. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on January 23 in room 302 of the Law School.

On Wednesday, January 24, Diane Nash, leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver the University’s Martin Luther King Keynote Address titled, “My Life as a Civil Rights Activist:  From Jail in Jackson to the Distinguished American Award”. Nash’s work includes the first successful campaign to integrate lunch counters, the Freedom Riders who desegregated interstate travel and the co-founding of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center. More information can be found here.

On Thursday, January 25, Villanova students, faculty and staff will participate in the University’s annual Freedom School which features hour-long sessions taught by Villanova faculty members focusing on topics such as immigration, social justice, multiculturalism and more.  

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit