Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Monday, January 19, 2015
Cleary Family Auditorium 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Theme: "Peaceful Human Family"
The annual Coexistence Dinner, which took place on January 19, served as a kick-off to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week on campus. The event attracted 114 students, faculty, and staff from Fisher as well as other local colleges for an evening of dialogue focused on breaking through pre-set barriers regarding spirituality and faith on college campuses.
Yantee Slobert, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, offered opening remarks, followed by remarks from President Bain. Father Joe Lanzalaco, Director of Campus Ministry, led the group in prayer and offered a reading. Two different open dialogue sessions followed, led by Kit Miller from the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and Mubarak Bashir, Director of Faith Outreach from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. And finally, Dr. Rick DeJesús-Rueff, Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, offered closing remarks.
“All the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.”
~ 1964 Noble Peace Prize Acceptance Speech