Friday, January 06, 2017 - Updated: 11:27 AM
“Remembering the Struggle” will be the theme of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Sunday, Jan. 15, at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.
Robert Lavelle, co-owner of Lavelle Real Estate, will speak on “Memories of the 1964 Voter Campaign” in the South. Lavelle volunteered as a freedom rider.
The event is sponsored by the Race & Reconciliation Dialogue Group of St. Paul Cathedral in cooperation with St. Benedict the Moor and St. Charles Lwanga parishes.
A program in the cathedral social hall will follow noon Mass. Celebrants for the Mass are set to include Father Kris Stubna, cathedral rector and pastor, and Father David Taylor, St. Charles Lwanga pastor. The St. Charles Lwanga Parish choir will combine with the cathedral choir for the Mass.
Winners in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. School Essay/Poster Contest for diocesan schools grades 3-5 and 6-8 will be on hand. Winners will read their essays on “What Martin Luther King Jr. Means to Me Today.” Emceeing the event will be Ronald Saunders. Opening the program will be the Children’s Liturgical Dance Group of St. Charles Lwanga.
“We welcome everyone to join us for this special celebration that remembers Dr. King’s tireless efforts to end discrimination, hatred, prejudice and bigotry among all people. The church teaches that racism is a sin, and as brothers and sisters in faith we must continue to transform human hearts and build up the body of Christ in love,” Father Stubna said.
The Race & Reconciliation Dialogue Group was begun in 1998 in response to then-Bishop Donald Wuerl’s pastoral letter on racism. Working to eliminate racism in the church and society through education and dialogue, it has trained more than 300 participants in leadership on racial justice and has sponsored scores of film events and forums on race-related issues. A 2004 winner of the YWCA social justice award, the group was the recent recipient of a humanitarian award from its Oakland neighbor, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-681-8528.