Benedictine University to celebrate MLK with week of remembrance and action

Posted1/16/2020 8:07 PM

The Center for Mission, Ministry and Inclusion at Benedictine University in Lisle will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Remembrance and Action Jan. 19-26.

On Sunday, Jan. 19, join a church service at 1 p.m. at St. Benedict Chapel, 4th Floor, at Kindlon Hall, 5700 College Road. The sermon will be by Vincent R. Gaddis, professor of history. He writes and researches on issues of race, class and social justice and is a frequent workshop presenter and facilitator on these issues. Gaddis currently serves as chair of the criminal justice committee of the DuPage NAACP, the advisory board of Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice, the African American Family Commission, and is an ordained minister serving at River Valley Community Church in Aurora.


On Monday, Jan. 20, the MLK Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. in Goodwin Hall Room 411. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Lucy Di Rosa, Ph.D. She is the director of content and communications at the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute. She leads the digital communications, marketing, and historical research efforts for the organization. The Sargent Shriver Peace Institute is a research and communications organization devoted to the study of Sargent Shriver (1915-2011) as a peacebuilder. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Suggested donation is $25 person. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the MLK Scholarship. Sign up for breakfast at

On Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 21 and 23, join an "Hour of Community Service" at 12:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall lobby. Student will work together on tackling social problems in hope that it may move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, there will be a "BenTalk: Interfaith Dialogue" at 12:15 p.m., facilitated by Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic and MOSAIC. It will be held in Goodwin Hall Room 411.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, there will be a screening of "Power to Heal" at 5:30 p.m. in Goodwin Hall auditorium. It is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. The screening will be followed by a panel moderated by Dr. Markisha Woodson.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, students will travel to the Chicago History Museum for the exhibit "Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968." Walk through a winding gallery that features over 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King's work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago.

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