Wilkes University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death with an event on April 5. The event, sponsored in collaboration with the Campus Interfaith office and the office of Diversity Affairs, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre.
The theme is “Shedding the Light,” and will feature keynote speaker Ron Felton, NAACP Eastern Sectional Director for the NAACP PA State Conference. The Black National Anthem and American National Anthem will also be performed by students Micaela Oliverio and Josh Shepherd. Helen Davis, co-chair of the Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity will present after a greeting by Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy. Student Government president Cody Morcom and vice president of Multicultural Student Coalition Conroy Yearde will also speak.
Martin Luther King Jr., an American clergyman and civil rights leader, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tenn.