VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University faculty member Anne Patricia Minicozzi, MFA, ’11 MA has been recognized by the Main Line Martin Luther King Association and will be honored at a Jan. 14 event at Bryn Mawr College. An adjunct professor at Villanova where she teaches in the University’s Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Minicozzi is owner, founder and event facilitator of the CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line program. The organization’s annual event, "Undoing Racism Day": Embracing the Difference,” gathers local community members of all ages from religious, educational, civic, municipal/governmental and business constituencies in dialogue around steps to undo racism.
The Main Line Martin Luther King Association provides scholarships to high school and college students who reside, attend school, and/or worship in the Main Line area. The organization encourages community, civic, educational, and religious groups to study the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the application of non-violence through seminars and special programs aimed at bringing about community change. The Main Line Martin Luther King Association holds an annual event for the celebration of the national holiday commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minicozzi is one of two individuals being honored this year by the Main Line Martin Luther King Association. The other honoree is Minister Gerald M. Mills, Sr., of Saints Memorial Baptist Church. The Jan. 14 event will begin at 3 p.m., at Goodhart Hall, on the campus of Bryn Mawr College.
“The dream of Dr. King for us to become a ‘beloved community’ is good news. It is important to strive for, today more than ever,” stated Minicozzi. “At the CommUNITY Breakfast, attendees enjoy gathering together in this safe space to share a meal, risk hospitality and encounter the stranger, discuss topics that might make us uncomfortable, and make a friend or two.”
“As St. Augustine teaches, seeking truth (veritas) with love and respect (caritas) and in community (unitas) is the ideal way to proceed, and is the seal of my alma mater,” continued Minicozzi. “This event is one of the many ways communities around the country are becoming King’s ‘beloved community.’ I am honored to be receiving this award from the Main Line Martin Luther King Association."
The CommUNITY Breakfast of the Main Line was founded in 2011 and is held annually at Villanova University’s Connelly Center. The 2017 event, the seventh community-led Unity Breakfast organized by an all-volunteer steering committee led by Minicozzi, also was sponsored in part by Radnor Township. NAACP Main Line Branch was the 2017 co-presenter. Prior events have featured keynote speakers or conversation facilitators from Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia; Urban League of Philadelphia; Zion Baptist Church, Ardmore; Main Line Unitarian Church, Wayne; students of Radnor Middle School, Wayne; and students of Radnor High School, Radnor.
The 2018 event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center from 7:30-9 a.m.
In addition to serving as a faculty member at Villanova, Minicozzi is also an alumna having received her Master of Arts in Theology from the University.
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