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Martin Luther King Yearly Interfaith Prayer Service

Date(s)/Time(s)/Duration/Location(s): Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:15 p.m.

Campus Organization, Contact Person and Contact Information: Campus Ministry & OBSS.  Contact Person:  John Flaherty

Activity: The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is a service that acknowledges the life and legacy of Dr. King.  Participants include students, faculty, staff and administrators.  In the past, guest speakers have included Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, Elder Benjamin Stephens, and Dr. Cheryl Grills.

Experiences: Students are exposed to participants of different faith traditions.  They also have the opportunity to learn about Dr. King as well as be challenged by guest speakers to be agents of positive change in a spirit of non-violence.  Dance, song, and testimony are all components of this annual celebration.

Keywords: Gandhi, Birmingham, Dr. King, Non-violence.

Faith/Spiritual Component: Dr. King was a minister who drew inspiration from many different religions and religious leaders, most especially Gandhi.  Since this gathering is an opportunity to move from hatred and fear to tolerance, and then to acceptance, there lies the potential to begin to see and experience and understand unjust structures through the eyes of another.