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Saint Xavier honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

University celebrates life, legacy of MLK with dance and theater on Jan. 16

Chicago (Dec. 21, 2006) – Saint Xavier University will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus-wide celebration including dance and theater on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

“In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Xavier University will celebrate our accomplishments and future endeavors for change with respect to issues of cultural sensitivity,” said David Bell, assistant professor of education at Saint Xavier. “This will be a time of celebration for the life and accomplishments of Dr. King while also recognizing the University’s core values, which are consistent with Dr. King’s mission.”

The annual celebration, “Simply to Be,” will begin at 1 p.m. in McDonough Chapel at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., with Bell’s presentation titled “Living your Dream.”

“The theme for the day is ‘Simply to Be,’ which encourages individuals to reflect on their purpose in society and the role that individuals play in communicating the mission of the University to the larger community,” Bell said.

Also speaking at the celebration will be student Sharday Cage and Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., vice president for University Mission and Heritage at Saint Xavier University.

Following a unity walk from the chapel, past the Academy Bell, to McGuire Hall in the Warde Academic Center, students Tirza Girven and Corey Camphor will make some comments before student Loren Williams performs a solo of “To Be or Not to Be,” a song he composed.

For the second year in a row, the Emerson Dance Alliance of Gary, Ind., will perform a “Nubian Odyssey,” a journey in dance from Africa to America highlighting the African-American experience. The alliance is a group of pre-professional dancers ages 12 to 17 from the Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Gary, Ind. The dance program is directed by Larry Brewer and Michal Davis.

A reception will follow in the Butler Reception Room, also in the Warde Academic Center. The event, which also recognizes the University’s core values of diversity, hospitality, service and integrity, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Bell at (773) 298-3881.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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