Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Celebration in Southern Maryland, themed The Urgency to Create Beloved Community on Monday, January 17 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Breakfast will start at 6:30 am and cost $ 10 payable at the door. The program will begin at 8 a.m., with remarks by Dr Mary Frances Berry, an activist for civil rights, gender equality and social justice. After the program 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Alpha Kappa Chapter Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega will host a Day of Service, accepting donations of non-perishable food, new or lightly used shoes, and eyeglasses. Breakfast and program will be held in the J. Frank Raley Great Hall, Campus Center (18952 E. Fisher Road). The day of service will be held at the Campus Center and at the Aldom lounge. For more information visit www.smcm.edu/mlk.
As chairman of the United States Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and freedoms for all Americans during four presidential administrations. She became the first woman of any race to lead a major research university as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is currently the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches the History of American Law and the History of Law and Social Policy.
Berry is one of the founders of the monumental Free South Africa Movement (FSAM). She received the Nelson Mandela Prize from the South African government for her role in raising global awareness of the South African injustice which has helped end more than 40 years of apartheid.
Berry’s books cover a wide range of topics, from the history of constitutional racism in America to the history of progressive activism. His latest book, “History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times,” examines the successful tactics of the movements that ended the Vietnam War, launched the government’s response to the AIDS epidemic, defended Americans with Disabilities Act and advances the civil cause. , women’s rights and LGBTQ. His previous book, “Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House,” provides insight and historical context into President Obama’s most memorable speeches.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Celebration in Southern Maryland is sponsored by St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s County Branch NAACP The 7025, St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission, St. Mary’s County Public Schools, College of Southern Maryland and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter.
Off-campus visitors must be able to present proof of vaccination when requested by College officials when attending indoor events. If campus visitors are not vaccinated or cannot show proof of vaccination, they must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arriving on campus. Face coverings should always be worn indoors.
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