Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Events

Office of the President
January 13, 2014
University Memorandum
Series 12 - #3

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Events
I encourage the Widener University community to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the following local events:

The Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee of Chester & Vicinity invites the university community to join Delaware County residents in remembering Dr. King and his legacy on Monday, January 20, at the Boys & Girls Club of Chester located at 201 E. 7th Street from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event features fun activities for all ages, including a mural arts project, assembling care packages for social service providers in Delaware County, arts and crafts, educational sessions, essay and poster contests, lunch, and lots of community spirit.

Widener’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education will be on hand to offer health and wellness clinics for community residents who are in need of assessment of assistive devices and educational resources for supporting healthy practices. For inquiries regarding the Chester Boys and Girls Club event, please contact Ellen Madison from the Office for Community Engagement at 610-499-4549.

We need volunteers to do service projects at the STEM Academy at Showalter High School—a school within the Chester-Upland School District located at 1100 W. 10th Street, Chester. From 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., high school students, Widener students, and local business and community leaders will work together to paint areas within the school and update bulletin boards. All volunteers are asked to pre-register by sending an e-mail to aubrey.proud@crozer.org by January 17.

Check-in on January 20 will be held at the Chester Boys & Girls Club, 201 E. 7th Street, at 9 a.m. After checking in at the Boys & Girls Club, volunteers will go to the STEM Academy.

The Better Living Center, a Chester-based social service agency, needs volunteers to help sort clothes from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The center is located at 501 Yarnall Street, and shuttle buses will be available for those needing transportation. Volunteers can register at the Office of Civic Engagement website: http://serve.widener.edu/opportunities/155.

The School of Nursing and Widener Community Nursing Clinic will be holding a health fair at City Team International, 634 Sproul Street, on January 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The health fair will provide free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, weight checks, flu shots, and health education to the public.

Following the morning schedule, the MLK day-of-service activities will move to Old Main at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center at 1 p.m. for a ceremonial wreath-laying where Dr. King studied when he was in the Crozer Theological Seminary. (Note: both Widener University and Crozer-Chester have Old Main buildings.)

The afternoon activities will conclude with an event at the Clark Auditorium at 2 p.m. on the Crozer campus featuring a presentation from Rev. Clifford Johnson of the Wilmington, Delaware, Shiloh Baptist Church and his church choir. All of these events at Crozer-Chester are open to the public.

On Widener’s campus, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host a “We’re All Widener” activity in the University Center Atrium from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students are invited to design a puzzle piece with their name and receive a free “We’re All Widener” wristband. Afterward, the finished puzzles will be displayed in the University Center Atrium.

During the evening of January 20, all are invited to participate in Widener’s annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life sponsored by the Black Student Union at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium. This program celebrating the significance of Dr. King's life and work will also honor the memory of Nelson Mandela.

For information regarding the MLK t-shirt and commemorative evening event, contact Michelle Davis, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, at 610-499-4488.

It is my hope that you will participate in these planned events, which offer us the opportunity to pause and reflect on Dr. King’s contributions to our society. As always, I look forward to celebrating Dr. King’s legacy with the Widener community.

James T. Harris III, D.Ed.


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