Madonna University Honors Dr. King with Day of Reflection and Dialogue

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LIVONIA, MICH. – In honor of the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Madonna University will be closed on Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day continuing a tradition that began in 2023 in response to a Student Senate proposal. The decision aligns with the University’s core values of respect for the dignity of all people, and peace and justice, while honoring Dr. King’s message to work for equality and justice for all people.  

Students, faculty, and staff of Madonna University will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through several events. The fishbowl-style event, will be held Wednesday, January 17, from 1-3 p.m. in Kresge Hall.  The inclusive format of the event will provide a platform for thought-provoking discussions about civil rights, Dr. King’s influence, and questions about equality, justice, and freedom. Representatives from the Livonia Human Relations Commission will be on hand to award the essay contest scholarship and the winner of the MLK photo contest will be announced. Musicians and vocalists will add their artistry to the conversation to create an afternoon of dialogue and inspiration. 

Throughout the following week, a series of events will offer opportunities for individual and collective learning and action. On Tuesday, January 23, from 2-3 p.m., in Rm. 2213 Admin. Bldg., Kim Redigan, director of campus ministry at Cristo Rey High School, will lead a presentation on non-violence, exploring its application in contemporary social justice movements. On Thursday, January 25, from 4-6 p.m., the Madonna University library will host the Human Library, during which people will share personal stories and diverse perspectives. Immediately following the Human Library, will be the annual MLK Pilgrimage. on Wednesday, January 31 in Rm. 2213 of the Admin. Bldg. there will be a movie double feature, with The Secret Life of Bees shoing at 4:30 p.m., and The Burial showing at 6:30 p.m.. 

All are welcome to participate in these events to honor Dr. King. The University community is thrilled to welcome the Livonia Equity and Anti-Racism Network to campus for its Livonia MLK Legacy Breakfast on January 15. Young artists can engage in the Livonia MLK Legacy Youth Art Contest, open to students in grades K-12. Visit the Livonia Equity & Anti-Racism Network website for details and registration information.