UD Remembers MLK’s Assassination With On Campus Prayer Service

Claire Schmig
Staff Writer

On Wednesday, students, faculty and staff gathered near the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument by the chapel to remember King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

King was a warrior for justice and advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. It is no surprise to all the important impact King has on society, even 50 years after his death.

“As a campus community we honor Dr. King every day in our lives and work for the common good,” President Eric Spina wrote in campus-wide email before the service.

“I invite us to come together in these events to reflect on his legacy and recommit ourselves to finishing the unfinished work. I challenge us to work across differences to realize the dream of equality and justice for all.”
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King spoke at the University of Dayton in 1964 at the same place where the monument has been built.

The prayer service held on Wednesday began with an emotionally moving musical reflection played by Dr. Willie Morris. Prayers and readings were offered by faculty and students to reflect on the inter-religious impact King had.

“We are not free,” said Rev. Dr. Donna Cox. “We will not be free until the great walls of segregation have been torn to the ground.”

The prayer service allowed the campus to reflect on King’s life and commitment to loosening the chains of injustice. As a “University Committed to the Common Good,” UD pushes to remind the community of the responsibility to advance King’s vision.
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Rev. Dr. Larry Burnley led a march from the monument to the ‘Peace Pole” that is located in between the chapel, St. Mary’s Hall and Chaminade Hall. Additional prayers were offered to remember King.

“We have come a long, long way,” King said on UD’s campus in 1964. “But we still have a long, long way to go.”

The community was reminded of King’s influence on the anniversary of his death, but it is commonly seen imperative to recognize his legacy and continue to work towards justice every day.

Photos Taken By Claire Schmig/Staff Writer