A Day of Community, Service, and Social Justice Activities for MLK Day

January 03, 2013

Saint Leo University has planned a day of activities focused on community, service, and social justice for Monday, January 21, at University Campus, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Educator Brent Scarpo will deliver his presentation “Journey to a Hate Free Millennium” at 3 p.m., in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The presentation includes a video, followed by a discussion with questions and answers. The public is invited, and admission is free. Parking is readily available in the garage on campus.

Following the presentation, guests are invited to join students and administrators for the dedication of an important new sculpture on campus, “A Spirit of Belonging.” The work, created by prominent Tampa artist Steven Dickey, commemorates the integration of Saint Leo in 1898 with the admission of Rudolph Antorcha, a black student, by the Benedictine monks who founded the institution. At the time, integration was outlawed.

Dickey created two figures to honor the historic event. The sculpture will be placed in the courtyard between two recently constructed residence halls, Apartment Buildings 5 and 6. The location is a short walk from the Student Community Center. The artist will be present at the dedication.

Earlier in the day, students, faculty, and staff at University Campus have the opportunity to participate in a large-scale service event, helping to package meals for the hunger relief organization Feeding Children Everywhere.

Saint Leo is guided by six core values, all inspired by its Benedictine tradition: excellence, respect, integrity, community, personal development, and responsible stewardship.

University Campus is located in the east Pasco County community of Saint Leo at 33701 State Road 52, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

For more information on these events, contact Maureen Moore, director of university communications, at (352) 588-8121, or maureen.moore@saintleo.edu.