Penn State York plans events to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

January 12, 2011

Penn State York will remember the late Martin Luther King Jr. with three events in celebration of his life as part of the program Wake Up! Realize the Dream. A day of service is set for Monday, Jan. 17, a noon-hour program featuring the York City Mayor C. Kim Bracey on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and a Speak Out on Freedom is set for noon Wednesday, Jan. 19. Events on campus take place in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. All three events are sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee.

Penn State York students will help serve breakfast with other Penn Staters from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke Street in York, Pa.  After breakfast on Jan. 17, there will be opportunities to volunteer at local agencies such as Helping Hands, York County Food Bank, Manito, and others. Penn State York does not have classes on Jan. 17 so students are encouraged to remember King by doing community service. To register for the community service events, contact Ann Fetterman, instructor in English and volunteer coordinator at Penn State York, at 717-771-4162 or

Mayor C. Kim Bracey, the first African-American mayor of the City of York, will visit the campus at noon on Tuesday, Jan 18 to have lunch with members of the campus community followed by a speech at 12:30 p.m. Bracey will speak about King’s impact on politics today.  This portion of the program is open to the public.

Penn State York students, faculty and staff will continue the celebration in a Speak Out on Freedom at noon on Jan. 19.  Songs, video clips, poems, personal reflections and other materials from around the world featuring famous freedom fighters including King, Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Desmond Tutu, Elie Weisel and others will be shared during this event. This program is free and open to the public. 


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Last Updated January 13, 2011