Events to celebrate life, legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Salve Regina has planned a full slate of events Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 15 to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the most visible spokesperson and leader of the civil rights movement.

Mass

11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel

Celebrations of the Eucharist are open to the Salve Regina and greater Newport communities. Visitors are always welcome.

Film screening: “Selma”

7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Film synopsis: Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Following the film screening, commentary will be provided by Dr. Timothy Neary, associate professor and chairman of the Department of History and coordinator of the American studies program.

Annual MLK torch run

8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15

Sponsored by the Naval Academy Preparatory School, the annual torch run will begin at Patriots Park in Portsmouth and end at Thompson Middle School in Newport. The total length is 8.2 miles. To register, email community.services@salve.edu.

Service pre-reflection

9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, O’Hare Academic Building, Room 260

Hosted by Anna Mae Mayer, director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, and Rebecca Forsythe, AmeriCorps VISTA.

Service projects

10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 15

Service projects include harvesting the gardens at God’s Community Gardens and making bags out of recycled T-shirts for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. Please note: All service opportunities are currently at capacity.

Service post-reflection

1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, O’Hare Academic Building, Room 260

Hosted by Anna Mae Mayer, director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, and Rebecca Forsythe, AmeriCorps VISTA.

Conversations on MLK’s legacy

2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, McKillop Library

“Keeping the Dream Alive: Faculty/Student Conversations on MLK’s Legacy” is sponsored by the McKillop Library and the student organization Dialogue.

Soul food dinner

4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, Miley dining hall

Sodexo has collected recipes from students and staff to create a menu that is a reflection of southern comfort soul foods.

Fireside chat: Creating positive social change

6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, Wakehurst fireplace lounge

Discuss creating positive social change at home with community leaders Niko Merritt and Seneca Pender. Desserts will be provided.

Events are sponsored by the McKillop Library, the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life and the offices of Community Service, Multicultural Programs and Retention, Residence Life, Student Activities and Student Affairs.

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