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LMU Celebration Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.


A message of faith, hope and peace was shared during an interfaith service honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The service, held Jan. 26 in Sacred Heart Chapel on the Loyola Marymount University campus, attracted students from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.  

“We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. for the man he was, a great man of faith who transcended race, creed, gender and nationality,” said Gail Buck, director of the Office of Black Student Services and communications professor. “King fought not only for the rights of his own people, but for the rights of all people.”

The Rev. Benjamin Stephens III, young adult pastor at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, presided over the service which also featured the gospel choir Voices of Joy led by James Calhoun, D.M.A., a praise dance by Felicia Kelley ’10 and a reading from King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1964.

Most Revered Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J., the Peter Faber, S.J., fellow in pastoral theology and Ignatian spirituality, delivered the benediction and Cheryl Grills, chair of the Department of Psychology, gave a reflection that encouraged everyone to continue to strive for the dream to which King dedicated his life.

“The true test of Dr. King’s dream is just beginning. It’s a marathon race not a sprint,” Grills said. “This is a call to courageous selfless action … Do not be afraid to make the dream real.”