SBU Pays Tribute to Martin Luther King

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2007 with a Student Showcase on  Jan. 15 that included  a performance by the SBU step team, an address by university trustee Ellen E. Grant, interfaith prayer and dramatic readings.

Monday’s Showcase, held in the San Damiano Room, Francis Hall,  included the theme for the 2007 celebration: “We Have a Dream: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.” The theme is derived from Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written in 1963.

For the third year, the university is hosting the St. Bonaventure University Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for area middle school students. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each grade were recognized during the Student Showcase.

Two St. Bonaventure faculty members are presenting a talk about the slain civil rights leader on Wednesday evening Jan. 17, in the Thomas Merton Center on campus.

Dr. Barry Gan, director of St. Bonaventure’s Center for Nonviolence and a professor of philosophy, and Dr. Mark Huddle, assistant professor of history, will discuss “Martin Luther King Jr.: The Icon and the Man, Myth and Reality.”