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Widener To Celebrate MLK in Creative Way

January 17, 2013

6708778525_73c5bb6061_bBy Maria Klecko ’15

Widener offers numerous opportunities for students to become civically engaged, but few are as vibrant as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On Monday, January 21, Widener will commemorate King’s birthday by joining the Chester community in designing customized T-shirts relative to the holiday at the Yes We Can Achievement and Cultural Center (YWCACC). Both communities will also partake in the Pieces of Peace Mural Project sponsored by the Community Arts Center of Wallingford. This project involves participants creating quilt patches that illustrate themes such as peace and nonviolence. The patches will then be constructed into a mural.

Members of the Widener community will honor King’s memory with other events such as a separate T-shirt designing event in the University Center’s Atrium to signify King’s dedication to social justice, a book drive at the YWCACC for incarcerated veterans in Graterford Prison, an open house at the Widener Nursing Clinic for health concerns, and an annual tribute of King sponsored by the Widener Black Student Union in Alumni Auditorium.

On Friday, January 18, the Institute for Physical Therapy Education and the Widener Physical Therapy Clinic will offer free assessments of assistive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers at 12 different sites in Chester

There will also be activities later in the week to honor King. On January 25, Dr. Arthur Schwartz, director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, will give a talk to analyze King’s strengths and how they formed his leadership style. Widener will hold a children’s workshop on January 26 in Alumni Auditorium focusing on issues impacting urban youth.

For more information about Widener’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, visit the complete agenda.

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