Gannon to Commemorate Martin Luther King Holiday

Posted: January 17, 2013

Gannon University again will honor the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King through a series of campus events in January.

Gannon University’s Erie Chamber Orchestra on Friday, Jan. 18 will host its annual tribute concert to Dr. King. The performance is free and open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Central Tech High School, 3325 Cherry St.

For the tribute concert, Gannon’s Erie Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the Shiloh Baptist Church Choir, under the direction of Frederick Dixon. Traditional spirituals will be presented alongside the works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, and more, creating a performance not to be missed.

In addition, the performance will include a special soloist, Adé Williams, a first-place junior division winner of the 2012 Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players. The Sphinx Organization strives to transform lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Gannon University also will host two events on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21. Both are free and open to the public:

  • A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. in the University’s Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel, 520 Peach St. All are welcome.
  • Gannon will host a Martin Luther King Memorial Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Yehl Ballroom of the University’s Waldron Campus Center, 124 West Seventh St. The lunch will include soup, sandwiches, and a webcast of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. In addition, books will be collected for Erie’s Martin Luther King Center.

The Erie Community is invited to help Gannon University commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday and his profound and lasting impact upon the national Civil Rights movement.