Maryville University Hosting MLK Celebration On January 22


Maryville University will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with “He Was a Preacher First,” on Monday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., in the Maryville University Auditorium. Admission is free.

The program will emphasize Dr. King’s role as a spiritual leader in the civil rights movement. Reverend David Allen, Sr. of Gregg Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, will speak on “The Moral Authority of Dr. King As A Black Preacher.” The evening also will include a performance by the King’s Sanctuary Praise Dancers.

A reception will be held prior to the program, at 5 p.m. in the Pfaff Lobby of the auditorium. Rev. Allen and the Praise Dancers will be on hand to talk with guests. The event is co-sponsored by Maryville’s Office of Multicultural Programs, the Association of Black Collegians,.and Maryville Student Government.

For more information, contact Danielle Carter, director, Office of Multicultural Programs, at

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a private, coeducational institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,300 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers by offering programs that integrate liberal arts with professional studies.

Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.