University to host programs as part of MLK celebration

A series of events, including the 25th Annual March for Humanity, highlight Shippensburg University's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

The events kickoff the university’s Spring semester and start before classes begin Jan. 22.

On Jan. 19, as part of a service project for new students during their orientation, children in kindergarten to grade 5 in the Shippensburg school district will participate in activities to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Activities include watching videos about Dr. King and writing letters to deployed military personnel.

University students will present two performances of The Mountaintop Jan. 23 in Old Main Chapel. The performances are 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the 6:30 p.m. performance. The program, sponsored by the Office of Social Equity, is a fictional account of Dr. King’s last night alive. It is set in Room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel on the eve of his assassination and offers a unique perspective on his life and legacy. 

The 25th Annual March for Humanity is at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. The program is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the African American Organization. Keynote speaker is Marvin Worthy, president and CEO of  Worthy Consulting & Training. 

For more information about the march, contact the MSA office at 477-1616 or send e-mail to Shauntae Doughty at More information about the other programs is available by calling the Office of Social Equity at 477-1161.