Gannon University Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

Posted: January 17, 2016

Each year, the Gannon University community gathers to commemorate the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students, faculty and staff observe the Martin Luther King with events that offer an occasion to reflect on what Dr. King's dream means today.

They begin with the community march that departs Perry Square at 11 a.m. and ends at the Bayfront NATO Center named for King with a vigil and reflection.

Marchers are invited to return to Gannon for a simple soup lunch and an address by Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrev from Temple Anshe Hesed. The theme for the lunch is "One World House," inspired by a passage from King's 1967 book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community."

"We have inherited a ... great 'world house' in which we have to live together... a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace," he wrote.

That aspect of King's work will be explored in greater depth by Eboo Patel, founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Corps and a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel will visit Gannon University to deliver a lecture entitled "The Science of Interfaith Awareness" on February 23.

"So often, the only thing people think of when they think of Martin Luther King is his work with civil rights and the African- American community - and no doubt that is incredibly important and still something this country needs to work on - but it's also important to reflect on Dr. King's interfaith work and influences and how that touches so many aspects of American life, now more than ever," said Sara Nesbitt of Gannon University's Center for Social Concerns.