Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“Our country has made a lot of progress on equality issues, so some might wonder why we should continue to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said University Chaplain John Walsh about the upcoming day of remembrance for the civil rights leader.
Walsh contends the celebration of King’s work is as relevant today as when he was alive.
“The day is a reminder that prejudice and inequality and bigotry are as alive today as they have ever been. We continue to have very difficult issues,” Walsh said.
“In his 1967 speech at Riverside Church, (“Beyond Vietnam—A Time to Break Silence”) King talked about economics, war and all of the reasons people get marginalized and left out. In 2012, those issues are just as real as they were in 1967.
“Remembering what he said, and what he encouraged us to do, is something we just have to keep doing. What he had to say was timeless.”
Walsh will be the speaker at the Jan. 15 Sunday night service from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel, which will also include readings, music and reflection, he said.
On Monday, Jan. 16, the office of Community Service Learning and the office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion will put on the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Hands of Mercy House Build, where a small home is constructed and then relocated to Mexico where it is given to a family in need. The event is open to students, faculty and administrators of our University. The home will be constructed from the hours of 9 a.m. to noon Monday Jan. 16 on the outdoor basket ball courts located behind Hunsaker Center. Signups are at the Volunteer Center on the first floor of the Hunsaker Center.
From 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. Monday, a service will be held in the Frederick Lowe Performance Hall featuring Redlands attorney and University alumnus Joseph Richardson as the speaker.