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St. Vincent honors MLK with number of campus activities

Mary Pickels
| Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

A St. Vincent College alumnus will serve as guest speaker during a Jan. 24 dinner at the Unity campus, part of a three-day observation memorializing civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated in 1968.

Lloyd Cheatom, a 2013 graduate and current transition coordinator for middle school students at the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy in Pittsburgh, will speak at the 5 p.m. banquet in the Fred M. Rogers Center.

Cheatom will discuss “Conversatio: The Power of Continual Transformation,” including how one's biggest failures and heartaches, including his own, can be a creative force for one's greatest accomplishments and triumphs.

A graduate student at Robert Morris University, he is pursuing a master of arts degree in instructional leadership. He co-founded “1Nation Mentoring LCC,” whose mission is to improve underserved students' academic achievement, self-esteem, social competence and behavior.

Kyanna Williams-Pate, president of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E., will be master of ceremonies. William Brown will deliver the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Additional activities are planned on Jan. 16, the federal holiday observing King's birthday, as well as on Jan. 21. The events are scheduled in order to accommodate students and faculty returning from semester break.

A memorial Mass will be at 12:05 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel in the campus' Robert S. Carey Student Center.

Members of the Visionaries of H.O.P.E. and the office of multicultural student life will create a dream center in the building's lounge. From 1 to 3 p.m., a looping video of King's “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 in Washington, D.C., will be shown. .

Interested students, faculty, staff and others who opt to participate in the Jan. 21 day of service will be involved in various projects around the Latrobe area. To register, contact Jessica Parsons at 724-805-2288.

“The goal of the commemorative events (is) always to honor, respect and remember the great things Martin Luther King Jr. did in his lifetime,” says Ukandu Soverall, interim assistant director of multicultural student life and director of the celebration's events. “We want to remember what he fought for and that he wanted equality and mutual respect for all.”

All events except the Jan. 24 program, which includes dinner, are free and open to the public.

Reservations for that event can be made by emailing or in person at the campus life office in the Robert S. Carey Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or

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