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Loyola joins with area universities to pay tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 15 - 19

Loyola press release - January 5, 2001

(New Orleans)––Loyola University New Orleans has again joined with the city’s private universities to sponsor the 15th annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Week For Peace. Loyola, Dillard, Tulane, and Xavier universities collaborated on this year’s celebration themed "Why We Can’t Wait" the title of King’s 1963 book.

To begin the week Monday, January 15, an Interfaith Service starts at 9:30 a.m. at Dillard in the Lawless Chapel. U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings from Maryland will deliver remarks. Cummings is a member of the Government Reform Committee, the Criminal Justice Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee, and is the ranking Democrat on the Civil Service Subcommittee. Dillard is located at 2601 Gentilly Blvd.

On Wednesday, January 17, Xavier welcomes the Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as the keynote speaker of the MLK Convocation. A reception begins at 5 p.m. in Xavier’s Library Resource Center (6th floor) and Jackson’s remarks will be given at 6:30 p.m. in Xavier’s gymnasium. During the convocation, community service awards will be presented to one student from each of the four universities as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award to a local civil rights leader. Xavier is located at 7325 Palmetto St.

On Friday, January 19, a Candlelight March forms at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Quad on Xavier’s campus. The march begins at 5:30 p.m. at Xavier and continues to Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave. At Tulane, an Expressions of Unity program begins at 7 p.m. in Dixon Hall Auditorium. Miss Louisiana 2000 Faith Jenkins will lead a celebration of King’s life through song, drama, and dance.

For more information, call the Al Alcazar, Loyola’s coordinator, at 865-2141 or 861-3622.