MLK Celebration Students and other members of the Madonna community took part in a candlelight vigil to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy.

More Than 200 Attend Madonna MLK Celebration

January 24, 2017

LIVONIA, Mich. – Despite the chilly, wet, and sometimes icy conditions, more than 200 people participated in Madonna University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Candlelight Vigil, Monday, January 16.

The turnout for this year’s event was the largest ever with more than 175 members of the Madonna community including students, faculty, staff and another 40 guests. Hosted by Terri D. Slaughter, the University’s chief diversity officer, it featured a keynote address by Madonna President, Michael Grandillo, Ph.D., in which he connected the values of the civil rights movement to the Franciscan values of the institution.

The event included the premiere of a video created by Madonna’s Technology Learning Services in which Madonna students recited parts of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech with King’s voice in the background.

The celebration ended on a high note with a rousing and inspirational performance by the Detroit Edison Public School Academy choir and a prayer by Sister Nancy Jamroz, the co-director of Madonna’s Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue.

Slaughter said the MLK Celebration and Candlelight Vigil served as an electric kick-off for a week of thought-provoking and inspiring programs and service projects at the University.

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