Widener Serves & Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2011

In 1948, Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Chester to study in the Crozer Theological Seminary.  Sixty-one years later, members of the Widener community are honoring his legacy by participating in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities in Chester.  A commemorative service on campus will cap off the day on Monday.  (Pictured is King’s 1948 admissions photo from the Wolfgram Library Digital Collection, courtesy of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.)

Events include:

— Widener’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education will offer free mobility clinics in Chester on Friday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 17. At each clinic site, students and faculty will screen and clean scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes to ensure that the devices are in optimal condition. In addition, each site will offer blood pressure screenings.  Click here for more information.

— Members of the Widener community are invited to participate in a day of activities sponsored by the United Way of Southeast Delaware County and the Chester YWCA entitled “Pieces of Peace.” From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will engage in hands-on projects that support families in the Chester community.  There is no pre-registration required for the on-site activities, but check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Chester YWCA located at 7th and Sproul Streets. Lunch prepared by the faculty in Widener’s School of Hospitality Management will be provided for all volunteers beginning at noon at the Chester YWCA.

— Volunteers are invited to the annual MLK commemorative program sponsored by Crozer Hospital beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the Crozer Auditorium.  Dr. Alonso Cavin, associate professor emeritus of the Center for Education,  is delivering the address.  Click here for a blog post Dr. Cavin wrote about King’s time in Chester.

— At 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium on Widener’s Main Campus, the Black Student Union is sponsoring a service that will feature the Widener Gospel Choir and reflections from members of the Widener community about the significance of Dr. King.  All are welcome.

— At 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Widener’s NAACP college chapter will host a viewing of “The Promised Land” documentary and a discussion on Dr. King and the Poor People’s Movement in Room A in University Center. Dr. Sara Roth, associate professor of history and coordinator of the African and African American Studies Program, and Dr. Stuart Eimer, associate professor of sociology, will lead the discussion.

For inquiries regarding the MLK Day of Service, please contact Widener’s Office for Community Engagement at 610-499-4549.


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