Prayer service held to honor Martin Luther King

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Prayer service held to honor Martin Luther King

An attendee at the prayer service looks over the song, 'We Shall Overcome'.

An attendee at the prayer service looks over the song, 'We Shall Overcome'.

Photo by Andrew Himmelberg

An attendee at the prayer service looks over the song, 'We Shall Overcome'.

Photo by Andrew Himmelberg

Photo by Andrew Himmelberg

An attendee at the prayer service looks over the song, 'We Shall Overcome'.

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A prayer service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held in the Chapel of the Holy Family at Marquette University this morning. Students, university officials and members of the community were welcomed to join. 

The service remembered the works and mission of Dr. King through song as well as readings of many speeches and writings Dr. King wrote throughout his life.

Brian Martindale, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, said he was inspired to attend by the effect Dr. King has had on his own life.

“Last year, over spring break I went on a (Marquette Action Program) trip through Campus Ministry to various cities in Alabama and learned so much about (Martin Luther King’s) life and racial justice,” Martindale said. “In recognizing the impact he’s had on our country, I wanted to come pray (with others at the prayer service) that one day his dream might become a reality.”

Acting Provost Kimo Ah Yun attended and said the core focus of the service was social justice. 

“This is an opportunity for us to remember that, to engage in ways that are meaningful while also bringing it to the front of our minds,” Ah Yun said.

Steve Blaha, assistant director of Campus Ministry, said it’s always important to reflect on the life of Dr. King and to work towards racial reconciliation.

“Racism is the major original sin of our nation and it’s something that we have not fully dealt with,” Blaha said. “It still exists and to truly create a healed nation, each of us are called to step forward.”

Marquette University Student Government president Meredith Gillespie said the prayer service was a good way to begin the new semester.

“In our world that can be so divisive and violent, it’s important to keep Dr. King’s legacy of love centered in our lives,” Gillespie said.

President Lovell attended the service this morning and said he was pleased with the outcome of the event.

“We had so many different campus leaders and members of the community here at this event and it’s a reminder that we all need to work on this together,” Lovell said.

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