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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is theme of annual MLK Day celebration

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Boston University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration is one of the largest in the greater Boston area. This year’s event honoring King (GRS’55, Hon.’59), one of BU’s most distinguished alumni, on Monday, January 18, will feature an African dignitary, BU personnel, a gospel choir, and a dance ensemble.

The University has celebrated the holiday since 1971. For each of the last two years the festivities have drawn more than 1,000 attendees. Several of King’s words involving acceptance and forgiveness will be discussed in light of this year’s theme of love.

Joseph Sebarenzi, former president of Rwanda’s parliament and author of God Sleeps in Rwanda: A Journey of Transformation, will be the featured speaker. Kenneth Elmore, the University’s dean of students, and the MLK Scholars, a student group that works to keep King’s legacy alive at BU, will also take part. Performing will be the Inner Strength Gospel Choir, led by Herbert Jones, and the REACH! Dance Ensemble, a community dance group based at BU.

The MLK Day celebration on Monday, January 18, is free and open to the public; it begins at 1 p.m. in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Hall. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 617-353-4126 or dos@bu.edu.

Caroline Hailey can be reached at caroline.hailey@gmail.com.

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