Wilkes University


Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

Wilkes University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death with an event at noon on Thursday, April 5, in the Henry Student Center Ballroom. Martin Luther King Jr., an American clergyman and civil rights leader, was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tenn.

The event, “Shedding the Light,” will feature keynote speaker Ron Felton, the first vice president of the NAACP Wilkes-Barre chapter, as well as:

  • Opening remarks by Erica Acosta, Office of Diversity Initiatives
  • Singing of the American National Anthem and the Black National Anthem by students Micaela Oliverio and Josh Shepherd
  • Welcome and greeting by President Patrick F. Leahy
  • Remarks by Professor Helen Davis, Co-Chair of the Council on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (CODIE)
  • Remarks by Student Government President Cody Morcom
  • Remarks by the Vice President of the Multicultural Student Coalition Conroy Yearde 
  • Benediction by Kristin Osipower, Campus Interfaith


mlk jr. 50th anniversary flyer