Mercyhurst University Celebrates MLK's Dream of Unity and Peace

Mercyhurst University recently hosted a moving performance to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The audience gathered in the Mercy Heritage Room was transfixed by rousing music and captivating video images and couldn’t help but sing and clap along.

Mercyhurst U slated a full week of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Faculty, staff, and students engaged in public readings and reflections sponsored by Campus Ministry. The event highlighted communications by King, a man whose words are known to be both powerful and deeply meaningful.

The King’s Dream program included archival film of the courageous efforts of Dr. King and those who fought for freedom, featuring footage of King as he spoke the words…

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  “I Have A Dream” speech, August 28, 1963

“As we come together for this week of community in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I want to offer a simple observation. Every little bit helps,” said Jessica Hubert, Multicultural and Inclusion coordinator. The week of community service activities included creating winter care packages for people experiencing homelessness and the grand opening of the new Multicultural Student Lounge, a meeting place to promote diversity, inclusion, multicultural awareness, and belonging.

 “Every little act of service contributes to the wide goal of change. In the words of Dr. King, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” We all must strive to act in some way, no matter how large it is, to add our voice to the fight against injustice,” Jessica declares.

The King’s Dream event was followed by lunch provided by Mercyhurst Student Government and Black Students for Unity.

As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and his fight for social justice, let us remember that we all have a role in creating a more just and equitable society.

The presentation was a powerful tribute to the civil rights icon, reminding us of his message’s importance in today’s world.