AU community to remember Mandela and King legacies

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela: Neither of these men needs an introduction as the mention of their names alone is synonymous with world equality and peace. As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, Aurora University will take time to honor these men who gave so much of themselves to better the world.

Students, faculty and staff will reflect on the contributions of these two leaders during “King and Mandela: Legacy of Peace” on Thursday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium (1347 Prairie St). Students will recite the writings of King and Mandela, including the widely known letter King wrote from inside a Birmingham jail after his arrest during an iconic campaign for equality. AU students also will provide their reflections on the lives of the two men and share the importance of these two individuals to the world today.

The students involved are excited to participate. “When I received a brief description of the event, I was immediately on board,” said Yuije Sansone, Vice President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Aurora University. “I think this is a very worthwhile program. What makes it special for me is that King was a brother of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and a great influence in my life.” Sansone also expressed hope that this event will encourage students to strive for success.

Faculty members also have expressed enthusiasm for the program. “The importance of offering an event honoring and providing recognition to King and Mandela is invaluable to the Aurora University campus community,” said Kidada Robinson, Academic Advisor and Director of Black Student Initiatives. “King’s legacy of peace is the reason many of us are at AU today, working in an inclusive community dedicated to transformative power of learning.”

In addition to the readings and reflections, there also will be musical performances by the Aurora University Chorale conducted by Lisa Fredenburgh.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, visit auartsandideas.com, email artsandideas@aurora.edu or call 630-844-4924.