University hosts MLK thank-you dinner, planning session

Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Community Relations Department recently hosted the steering committee of the Martin Luther King Association of Steubenville for a thank-you dinner for the activities accomplished in 2014 and planning session for the coming months.

The Rev. Nathan Malavolti, vice president for community relations, and Anita Jackson, director of community relations, served as hosts of the event coordinated by Jackson.

A review of events included the annual prayer breakfast held at the university; the essay contest; Doo Wop for Scholarships; the MLK Mass Choir concert under the direction of Delores Wiggins, music of minister; the MLK ecumenical service; the MLK reflections program; the memorial march; the program hosted by Steubenville High School; and the luncheon for the celebration participants.

In setting goals for 2014-15, the committee’s new thrust will be on training the youth in the area of oratorical presentation; increasing scholarship awards; and initiating programs designed to educate the youth on black history and contributions made by African-Americans to history.

Barry Gullen, assistant superintendent of Steubenville City Schools, and Ted Gorman, assistant principal of Steubenville High School, pledged their support of the organization’s efforts and its goals.

It also was noted that Wiggins and Jackson will coordinate the production of a musical CD of the MLK singers, which will include piano selections by Wiggins.