Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Tomorrow, our nation will once again pause to celebrate the life and contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American civil rights movement from the 1950’s until his assassination in 1968. Joining with universities and communities around the country, Gonzaga observes this national holiday, suspending classes and closing offices so that the memory and historic impact of this individual can be honored.

For many years, Spokane has commemorated the life and works of Reverend Dr. King through acts of service and by gathering as a community. Like cities around the nation, Spokane is inspired by the work of Dr. King, who dedicated his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for all, and by his commitment to use peaceful means to achieve social justice.

The annual commemoration of Dr. King’s birth is intended to be a day of action and a day of service, so I want to invite you to participate in Spokane’s Annual Unity March at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, January 19, 2015. Following remarks from civic leaders, the march will begin and end at the “old” Spokane Convention Center, 334 West Spokane Falls Blvd (entrance by the INB Performing Arts Center). If your schedule permits, I invite you to put on GU gear, look for the GU banners to find your colleagues and friends, and be part of this commemorative event. Thank you.

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
January 18, 2015