Chatham News

Chatham University to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with day of service, faith, and diversity

PITTSBURGH (January 14, 2013) . . . Chatham University will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a celebration of his legacy on January 21; the day will highlight service, diversity, and faith.

Chatham’s annual MLK Commemorative Bruch will feature keynote speakers Pastor Frank Tillman, Jr., founder and pastor of Christian Fellowship Center Church of God in Christ, and Luci Dabney, executive director of Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise, which is an organization that strengthens nonprofits serving African American and disadvantaged communities.

In the afternoon, Chatham students and staff will honor Dr. King’s message of service by doing community service at Sojourner House, a nonprofit residential rehabilitation center for mothers with addictions and their children. (Chatham recently formed a community partnership with Sojourner House to advance the mission of breaking intergenerational addiction.)

At 5:30 p.m. in the PCW Room at Anderson Dining Hall, Chatham will host the Only Light Can Do That: A Queer Black Panel Discussion, which will bridge contemporary issues of being both black and a member of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/question or intersex community. The panel will discuss how this intersection of being from a multi-marginalized community affects concepts of race, gender, sexual orientation, access to opportunity, spirituality and faith, and life in Pittsburgh. The panel will feature community guests including Michael David Battle, director of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force; Flecia Harvey, chair for Pittsburgh Black Pride; and others from the community. The panel is co-sponsored by the Garden of Peace Project, Project Silk, True T Entertainment, and Pittsburgh Black Pride.

At 7 p.m., Chatham will conduct the interfaith Prayers for Peace Ceremony to commemorate the many spiritual influences of Dr. King. The ceremony will be led by Rev. Dr. Gail Ransom of the First United Methodist Church, who serves Chatham as the All Faith Minister.

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