The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Ceremony

The Autorino Center for the Arts and the University of Saint Joseph’s Diversity Committee celebrated and remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Through music, movement, and spoken word performances by members of the USJ and local communities, the event honored Dr. King’s work to advance justice and peace in our world.

“This year, the MLK Celebration, a longtime USJ tradition, broadened its appeal and enjoyed a diverse, inclusive, and large student and community presence with amazing performances and an inspirational keynote,” said Steven Raider-Ginsburg, director of the Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph.

The featured speaker of the night was Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad, M.S., executive director of My People Clinical Services, LLC and the Dream Support Network. His speech centered around his four levels of dreaming which are: Personal Dream, Family Dream, Community Dream, and Dream for the World. These four levels of dreaming connected with Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Abu Carter Sr. and the Blue Jays in Spirit sang, while the USJ Dance Ensemble performed and Jodi Ann Bryan presented spoken word poetry. After the event, MIRA and Mind Evolution held an open mic and ice cream reception. It was an exciting evening for USJ and the Hartford community.