1/22/2014 Peter Durantine

Celebrating The Life and Words of Martin Luther King Jr.

Since the start of the 2013-14 academic year, Franklin & Marshall College has celebrated the life and wisdom of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

At Convocation in August, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield honored the 50th anniversary of King's speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, D.C. On Jan. 20, in gestures small and large, F&M celebrated King's legacy.

In the morning, the College hosted and sponsored the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 26th Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. An estimated 550 people attended the event, held in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.

There also were several afternoon programs -- organized by Marion Coleman, F&M's Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, and Xay Chongtua, assistant director for Multicultural Affairs in the Office of Multicultural Affairs -- at Steinman College Center. Students, faculty and proessional staff read from King's speeches and writings, and the F&M community celebrated what would have been King's 85 birthday (Jan. 15) with cake and a display of King memorabilia.

Here is a slideshow of the day's events on the F&M campus:

  • F&M junior Markera Jones tells those gathered at Franklin & Marshall's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center Jan. 20 for the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 26th Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast that her experience at F&M "has not only allowed me to blossom as a person, but has also taught me the true meaning of education. In more wise words of Dr. King, 'the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character: that is the goal of true education.'" (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and a group of students, faculty and professional staff share a table at the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 26th Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast June 20. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • Speaking at the Crispus Attucks Community Center's 26th Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at Franklin & Marshall College's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center Jan. 20, F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield tells the crowd "Franklin & Marshall College takes inspiration from Dr. King’s life and words and is taking strong steps today toward the creation of a more just and cooperative world." (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • Members of the F&M community gather in Steinman College Center Jan. 20 to celebrate what would have been the 85th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (King's birthday was Jan. 15). The daylong celebration featured readings of King's works, cake, and a display of King memorabilia. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • F&M first-year student Donnell Bailey was one of dozens of students, staff, faculty and administrators who read from King's writings throughout the day on Monday. F&M Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs Marion Coleman captures Bailey on video as he reads. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
  • A display of photos, art and memorabilia of Martin Luther King Jr. were on display in the lobby of F&M's Steinman College Center Jan. 20. (Photo by Melissa Hess)
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