The community is invited to Saint Leo University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16.
The day’s celebration will begin with a children’s fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Student Activities Green between Kirk Hall and the Student Activities Building. Saint Leo’s student organizations will host fun activities and help educate children about the message of Martin Luther King Jr. In the spirit of giving back to the community, the event is free and will feature arts and crafts; inflatables and bounce houses; carnival activities; and free food.
Guest speaker T. Leon Williams will present “The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Say Today?” at 5 p.m. in the Student Community Center boardrooms.
Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the world continues to mourn the life and legacy of one of the most inspirational leaders in world history. In his presentation, Williams assumes the persona of King and reflects on the historical relevance of America’s progress.
Events of the past years show that the United States still has a long way to go to reach King’s dream. Williams will introduce themes of hope for the lost and hurting, faith to” be the change,” selfless love, and charity. With time for the audience to ask questions and start a dialogue, Williams will address the importance of getting in front of these issues instead of reacting to them.
From modest beginnings in Youngstown, Ohio, Williams has earned a doctorate of ministry from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He also holds a Master of Science of Education from the University of Dayton and a bachelor degree from Ohio Northern University in business administration. He serves as the youth-young adult pastor at First Missionary Baptist Church in Concord, NC, and served as campus pastor and director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University.
The day will conclude with a candlelight vigil hosted by the Rho Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center courtyard.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the campus garage, and in the evening is also often available in surface lots. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).
For information, contact Thomas Martin, assistant director of Greek Life and Community Engagement at [email protected] or (352) 588-8266.