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WCU Celebrates Martin Luther King on Jan. 25

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WCU Celebrates Martin Luther King on Jan. 25

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WCU Celebrates Martin Luther King on Jan. 25

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day is officially celebrated on Monday, Jan. 15, but West Chester University will hold its annual celebration on Thursday, Jan. 25, after students, faculty, and staff have returned to campus for the spring semester.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Brunch (sold out), a scholarship fund-raising event, in Sykes Student Union Ballrooms. The event celebrates Dr. King’s life and legacy through images, spoken word, performances, and music with the WCU Gospel Choir, and honors WCU alumni whose professional lives and vocational activities have reflected Dr. King’s ideals. This year, there are two Drum Major for Justice honorees:

  • Debonair Oates Primus ’05, assistant professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia, where she is also coordinator of the diversity fellowship program and co-founder of the first diversity certificate program; and
  • Rev. Dan K. Williams, senior pastor of New Life in Christ Fellowship and a community leader in Coatesville, PA. He is also director of urban programs and assistant professor of practical theology at Biblical Theological Seminary.

The title Drum Major for Justice is taken from one of Dr. King’s sermons, which he gave in 1968, the same year he was assassinated. In that speech, Dr. King talks about his life and how he hopes to be remembered:
“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. … If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.”

As in previous years, the University’s Office of Service Learning and Volunteer Programs is coordinating a service project to make no-sew blankets for children at Nemours A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, patients at Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital, and “Fleece for Keeps” for children in foster care. Two sessions are scheduled: 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Sykes Student Union Ballroom. Members of the University community can register here.