William G. Gilroy | January 16, 2017
Beginning Monday (Jan. 16), the University of Notre Dame will host a series of events to mark both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week. The observances celebrate the diversity that currently exists on the University’s campus and offer an opportunity to reflect on how each member of the campus community can take an active role in making the University more welcoming and inclusive.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16) will be marked by a candlelight prayer service at 11 p.m. in the Main Building with Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., presiding. A procession to the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue will follow. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Campus Ministry and the President’s Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the prayer service is open to the public.
Given that King Day falls before the start of the 2017 spring semester, the University has designated the week of Jan. 22-27 as Walk the Walk Week.
“During this week, we reaffirm our commitment to respect the dignity of every human person, to work for the common good that allows each to flourish and to live in solidarity with all, particularly the most vulnerable,” Father Jenkins said. “In celebrating Dr. King, we are reminded that the diverse gifts and backgrounds of people enrich rather than divide us, that we must not simply tolerate diversity, but embrace one another as sisters and brothers and strive to build, however imperfectly, a community of love.”