Wilkes commemorates Martin Luther King Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Alec Wizar, Correspondent

Through a number of celebration events, Wilkes University, along with the Wilkes-Barre community, seeks to remember the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A nonviolent Baptist minister who helped to orchestrate the American civil rights movement was honored throughout the city of Wilkes-Barre on Monday.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored each year on Jan. 20 across the country. Known as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” this American federal holiday marks the birth of King.

Wilkes University has combined with the Wilkes community to fill the national holiday with three separate celebration events. These events include the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, the “Let Us Not Forget” event and the “One Dream, One Voice, One Mic” event.

“It was truly an honor to spend time learning and appreciating the actions of King,” Wilkes University sophomore Kendra Radle said. “I knew about his speech, but this event taught me more.”

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, “The Power of a Dream,” took place in the Henry Student Center Lounge on Wilkes University’s campus.

The “One Dream, One Voice, One Mic” event was held in the Henry Student Center Ballroom and allowed students to read poems that inspire peace, social justice and freedom.

Let Us Not Forget” is the only event of the three not located on Wilkes University’s campus. This event took place at Wilkes-Barre City Hall, on 40 E. Market St.

With an emphasis on the attendance of the entire Wilkes community, along with the Wilkes University students, this event centered on remembering the accomplishments of King.

From bus boycotts to his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” King dedicated his life to making advancements for minority races.

“Let Us Not Forget” was sponsored by S.A.L.S.A (Spanish American Leaders Serving All)