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For Immediate Release: January 13, 2012 

2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Providence College  

Providence, R.I. — Providence College will hold a series of events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. from January 16 through February 1, 2012. This year’s theme is entitled The Spirit of Service and Social Justice: Honoring the Faith and Leadership of MLK.

The two-week showcase of lectures, film presentations, and programs will involve more than ten departments across the campus community. All events will take place on the Providence College campus, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, R.I.

Among the highlights of PC’s 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration:

  • January 18: A Forum on Service and Vocation: Social Justice, Advocacy and Citizenship at the Unity Center, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.; A panel discussion of four alum sharing their vocational stories for full-time service for 1-2 years to career. Promoting active citizenship based on MLK’s principles for social justice, service and advocacy.
    Speakers: Andrew Jacques ’09, of the Rhode Island School of Design and former VISTA/Americorps volunteer, Kelly Hughes ’11 of Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries, Cap Corps Volunteer and Itinerant Ministry Liaison, Eve Driscoll ’00 who spent a year of service with Covenant House, and Ricky LaBontee’08 of residence life at PC, who spent three years in China teaching English. Co-sponsor with the Balfour Office for Multicultural Activities (BOMA), Feinstein Institute, Career Services, Public and Community Service Studies, Global Studies, Campus Ministry and Future Friars Executives.
  • January 23: An Afternoon of Poetry and Prose to Honor the Memory and Spirit of MLK at the Unity Center, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; A gathering of faculty, staff, students and a guest speaker will be reading poetry or prose ranging from traditional to slam poetry to honor the memory and spirit of MLK.
    Speaker: Kevin Butler, actor and assistant dean of students at Quinsigamond Community College will be reciting one of MLK’s speeches for the audience. Co-sponsor with BOMA, English, and Theatre, Dance, and Film.
  • January 24: “What it takes to be a leader…” Lessons from the Life of MLK at Unity Center, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; By drawing on leadership lessons from the life of MLK, our guest speakers will share about their commitment to public service and social justice and advise students what they can do now to be equipped to lead in their work, churches, and communities.
    Speakers: Allan Fung, Mayor of Cranston, James Vincent, President of NAACP (RI Chapter), Angel Taveras, Mayor of Providence; Co-sponsor with BOMA, Black Studies, Career Services, Board of Multicultural Student Activities (BMSA), Friars Club, Student Government, and Board of Programmers.
  • January 25: MLK as Pastor and Preacher: A Journey of Faith, Service and Justice at the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; This is an opportunity for students to learn about how MLK’s faith and vocation as a pastor and preacher led and strengthened him for the Civil Rights Movement. Our guest speakers will share how MLK inspired them for their past and present ministry in the pulpit and in seminary.
    Speakers: Rev. Kenneth Letoile, O.P. ’70 and Pastor James E. Dove of Congdon Street Baptist Church ; Co-sponsor with BOMA, Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Theology Department, and Campus Ministry.
  • February 1: A Celebration of the Martin Luther King Scholarship Legacy: Past, Present, and Future in Slavin Center, ’64 Hall, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.;
    Speakers:  Dr. Pat McKay, retired professor of chemistry and one of the founding members of the MLK scholarship, Dr. Wanda Ingram ’75, senior associate dean of undergraduate/graduate studies, and PC students Mo Maruping ’12 and Dara Greenidge ’12, who will share their reflections on the legacy of the MLK scholarship; Co-sponsor with BOMA, Student Affairs, Dean’s Office (MSP), and Alumni Relations. RSVP by Jan 27 to

For more information on these and other events, please contact Elena T. Yee, director of the Balfour Office for Multicultural Activities and the Unity Center, at 401-865-1525 or

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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