Erin Blasko | January 19, 2019
The University of Notre Dame will host Walk the Walk Week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Jan. 19 (Saturday) to Jan. 26 (Saturday), with events including a prayer service, lectures, a musical performance and a celebration luncheon with accompanying panel discussion.
Now in its fourth year, Walk the Walk Week offers students, faculty, staff and the community at large the opportunity to celebrate the diversity that exists on campus and to reflect on ways to make Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive.
This year’s celebration will commence with a Candlelight Prayer Service at 11 p.m. Jan. 20 (Sunday) in the Main Building Rotunda. Notre Dame President Rev. John. I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside over the service, which is open to the public. A complimentary late-night breakfast will be served afterward in South Dining Hall.
On Jan. 21 (Monday), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students, faculty and staff are invited to an MLK Celebration Luncheon and accompanying panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. in the North Dome of the Joyce Center. The event is free but ticketed. Department heads will provide information about ticket distribution to faculty and staff. Student tickets will be available at the LaFortune Box Office. There will be shuttles for transportation to and from the luncheon.
Titled “A Call to Love: Bridging the Racial Divide,” the panel discussion will feature seven members of the Notre Dame community: Jennifer Mason McAward, director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and associate professor of law; Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., director of Campus Ministry; Ernest Morrell, director of the Center for Literacy Education and Coyle Professor of Literacy Education; Alyssa Ngo, class of 2019; Rev. Hugh Page Jr., vice president, associate provost, dean of first year of studies and professor of theology and Africana studies; Maria Tomasula, Michael P. Grace Professor of Art; and Cameasha Turner, doctor of jurisprudence, third year. The panelists will discuss the recent inclusive campus student survey, among other topics.
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