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Nazareth Celebrates MLK Day, Jan. 21

  • Published: December 06, 2012

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Nazareth Celebrates MLK Day, Jan. 21

Nazareth College holds its annual celebration of MLK DAY with a series of special events on Monday, January 21, 2013, including a commemoration service in his honor and an afternoon lecture by Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, professor emeritus of African American studies at Temple University. The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Callahan Theater of the Nazareth College Arts Center, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. This lecture is free and open to the public (no reservation required).

The commemoration service, a lively celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, will take place on campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Golisano Academic Center Linehan Chapel. The commemoration is free and open to the public and includes student speakers, singers, inspirational readings and dance. This event is organized by the MLK Commemoration Committee, which includes Nazareth students, faculty and staff. Undergraduate and graduate classes will be suspended during the ceremony.

Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, considered by his peers to be one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars, has published 74 books, including his most recent works As I Run Toward Africa: The African American People and The History of Africa: The Quest for Eternal Harmony. The second edition of his high school text, African American History: Journey of Liberation, is used in more than 400 schools throughout North America. Recognized as one of the most widely cited African Americans in the country, Asante received his Ph.D. from UCLA at age 26 and was appointed a full professor at The State University of New York at Buffalo four years later.

The Nazareth College community will also be taking part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Collaborating with other colleges and universities in the area, students will be serving the community at various sites throughout the city of Rochester. Partnering organizations include Saints Place, the Refugee Settlement Alliance, the Rochester City schools, Rochester Youth Year Sites and the Monroe County Youth Bureau.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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