PHOTOS: Wilkes University Hosts MLK Event
Wilkes University held an event called ‘Do the Right Thing’ on Thursday in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event theme draws from a famous King sermon, in which he stated, ‘The time is always right to do what is right.’ The event, sponsored in collaboration with the Campus Interfaith office and the office of Diversity Affairs, was held in the Henry Student Center ballroom. The keynote speaker was Rosana Reyes, vice president of enrollment management and student development at Luzerne County Community College. Reyes was the co-recipient of 2018 innovation award from the National League of Innovation, and was recently awarded the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers 2019 Centennial Award for Excellence. Reyes is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Wilkes University. The Black National Anthem was performed by Wilkes students Joshua Shepard, Brianna Rowland and Mmachi Dimoriaku. The American National Anthem was performed by Dimoriaku. The invocation was given by Kristin Osipower, interfaith coordinator. Wilkes student Abie Pessima will read a poem from Maya Angelou preceding a welcome by President Patrick F. Leahy. Multicultural Student Coalition president Conroy Yearde also spoke and the Wilkes African Cultural Association performed a dance.