Wheeling Jesuit University celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  WJU News
  Monday, January 21, 2019 1:21 PM
  WU News

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University and its numerous partners from local organizations honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two days of events that took place on campus and in Wheeling. 

The celebration began yesterday, Jan. 20, with the annual March for Justice. Participants gathered at First Christian Church and were led by a police escort as they traveled to the Chapel of Mary and Joseph on Wheeling Jesuit's campus for an Interfaith Service. After the service, community members joined together for a dinner at the University. 

The events continued this morning, Jan. 21, with a community breakfast at the YWCA in Wheeling. Afterwards, there was a presentation of essays and films as well as an awards ceremony where residents of Wheeling received awards for their work to eliminate racial inequality. The award winners were honored by the Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration Committee, comprised of local community members as well as employees and students from the University. 

The celebration will conclude this evening with a gospel concert by the local soul band ezra and the relativs at 7 p.m. in Wheeling Jesuit's Troy Theater, which is open to the public. The concert will include skits designed and performed by members of WJU's Black Student Union and the Upper Ohio Valley Ministerial Alliance to raise awareness about issues of racial and religious prejudice.  

"I am grateful that Wheeling Jesuit University continues to be part of the community effort to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although much has been achieved since Dr. King's time, much work still remains. Jesuit universities have long been committed to achieving social justice, and this past July, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Father General of the Society of Jesus, also called on all Jesuit universities to be 'deeply committed to the process of reconciliation.' The events promoting the witness, leadership and challenge of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bring both joy and a challenge that we may continue to promote justice and healing our community, and that we might engage and form the next generation of leaders for such a task. The diverse faces at the events and the generous involvement of so many of our students give hope that we are making progress," said Jamey Brogan, director of campus ministry and co-chair of the MLK celebration committee. 

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering 25 majors and concentrations, 15 minors, and six graduate programs. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.   

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