USF to celebrate MLK Day

The University of St. Francis community will commemorate Martin Luther King Day with a celebration event, “Continuing the Journey,” on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Sexton Auditorium, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. The event, sponsored by USF’s African American Alumni Association, Ethnic Affairs Council, Division of Student Affairs and Office of Institutional Diversity, is free and open to the public.

Three members of the local community will be presented with “MLK Journey Awards.” Mattie D. Barnes, Ed.D.; The Honorable Raymond A. Bolden and Vincent F. Cornelius, J.D. will be honored for academic excellence, lifetime service and special achievement. Scholarships from the Rev. Isaac Singleton Scholarship Fund will also be awarded.

Said USF’s Brenda Robinson, event moderator, “All three MLK Journey Award recipients are ‘continuing the journey’ of Dr. King’s legacy of selflessness and service to others. More importantly, they each have a powerful message for our future leaders of tomorrow!”

An appetizer reception will immediately follow. Call (815) 740-3400 for further information.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit