LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University will be closed on January 16, 2023 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. A recently approved proposal by the Student Senate resulted in classes and athletic events being canceled to celebrate and honor the life and contributions of Dr. King on this holiday. Faculty, staff and administration echoed strong support for the observance, collaborating to plan several educational programs and events on campus throughout January in commemoration.
The Student Senate strongly encourages all members of the university to attend events in their local communities, in addition to those offered on-campus.
In past years, members of the Madonna community have embodied the Franciscan core value of “Education for Truth and Service” in the name of Dr. King through January service projects that have included making mats for the homeless by up cycling plastic bags, writing impactful letters to lawmakers, honoring health care heroes, and serving those in hospice care.
This year, Madonna’s week of service has been extended throughout January and into February, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the things that he stood for will continue to be honored during Black History Month.
An essay contest, co-sponsored with the Livonia Human Relations Commission, as well as a photo contest are open to all registered students at Madonna University. The Martin Luther King Jr. Essay and Photo Contest winners will be announced at the MLK kickoff celebration event on Wednesday, January 18, from 1:30-3:30 pm. Students will also be hosting a panel discussion, while others share their appreciation through dance and vocal performances. All in the community are welcome to attend.