January 16, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beloved Community dinner celebration Monday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

The event will begin with an interfaith ceremony led by Bucknell University Chaplain Ian Oliver and Rabbi Serena Fujita

Shara McCallum, assistant professor of English at Bucknell and director of the Stadler Center for Poetry, will give the keynote, "Black Poetry and the Civil Rights' Legacy."

Tickets for the event are $8 per person, with the money raised helping to support the Memphis Civil Rights Journey alternative spring break service-learning trip. Space is limited; call 577-1095 for reservations or email benner@bucknell.edu.

A wonderful opportunity

"This year, we have the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Dr. King on the day that our nation recognizes his legacy," said Jessica Hess, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell. "The Beloved Dinner is always a special event which brings together many people from different backgrounds.

"This year we have incorporated our interfaith memorial service and the dinner together in one event. The Rev. Oliver, Rabbi Fujita and Dr. McCallum will be sure to touch our hears and our minds.

"I hope that our friends and neighbors in the greater community will attend this event as we are all a part of what Dr. King would have envisioned in 'The Beloved Community.'"

The Beloved Community is a term used by Dr. King to describe a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth, with racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

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Posted Jan. 16, 2008