“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” These words, uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over 50 years ago, could not ring more true than they do in the world today.
As a means of demonstrating its commitment to the values that Dr. King stood for, the Holy Cross College community will come together in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life, legacy, and spirit. Students, faculty, staff, and administration welcome the public to commemorate the timeless values he taught through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, and forgiveness; compassion, dignity, humility, and service that defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.
The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement will be held on the campus of Holy Cross College on Monday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium. The College hopes to inspire others and affect positive change, not only for this celebration, but throughout the year.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed us how one person can make a difference. He preached tolerance and respect. He introduced new ideas and inspired countless individuals to take up the cause for diversity and equality. He demonstrated that together, with courage and compassion, despite challenge and controversy, we can positively transform the lives of others in our communities.
Joining us for the Holy Cross College celebration will be guest speaker, and civil rights activist, Mr. Richard Morrisroe, a man who not only heard MLK’s message, but actively worked toward living a life focused on diversity and equality.
Richard Morrisroe, now married with two adult children, has earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Mary of the Lake University, a master’s degree in urban studies from Loyola University, a law degree from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union. As an adjunct faculty member at Calumet College of St. Joseph since 1981, Morrisroe has taught courses in Business Ethics, Social Justice, and scripture studies, just to name a few.
Before becoming a professor, Morrisroe spent a portion of his life following in King’s call, participating in non-violent demonstrations. In his time serving Chicago’s African American community, Morrisroe found himself increasingly involved in the Civil Rights Movement. This involvement led him to travel to the South where he had a life altering experience. Facing trials and overcoming challenges, losing a friend and almost losing his own life in the summer of 1965, Morrisroe never let these obstacles deter him from continuing to fight for what he believed in.
Join us in hearing Mr. Morrisroe’s inspirational story as we reflect on the impact and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
This event is free and open to the public.