Students gathered Monday at the University of Saint Mary for a program that celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Students gathered Monday at the University of Saint Mary for a program that celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event featured reflections about King from students and a faculty member as well as group discussions about the civil rights leader.

“His legacy is not ever going to end,” said Nishimwe Maria-Goreth, president of the Black Student Union at USM.

Maria-Goreth said Monday's event was organized through the Black Student Union and Saint Mary's Campus Ministry.

The theme for the event was “His Dream was for Me.”

The event kicked off what is being called a week of service at the university's Leavenworth campus in honor of King's legacy.

Activities will include a book drive for children, a collection of clothing for students who are preparing for professional interviews, a food drive for a local homeless shelter and the preparation of care packages for homeless people. Students also are invited to create Valentine's Day cards for patients at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, according to Karenbeth Zacharias, director of USM's Lawrence D. Starr Center for Peace and Justice.

Also Monday, nuns from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and SCL staff members honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day by assembling hygiene kits for the service and disaster response organization Heart to Heart International, according to Therese Horvat, communications director for SCL.

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