Saint Leo University Celebrates MLK Day with Spoken WordArtist

ST. LEO FL ­­– The community is invited to Saint Leo University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tuesday, January 16.

The university will celebrate A Day On, Not Off, a spoken word event featuring Oveous, who has earned standing ovations on HBO shows and late night TV. He has won multiple times on “Showtime at the Apollo,” and is a three-time national poetry contest finalist.

Oveous was able to turn his brother’s suicide into a global mission for mental healing and providing an uplifting message for all people through his spoken word performances.

Saint Leo’s event will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, in the Student Community Center boardrooms. Oveous “will touch on topics related to Dr. King such as the civil rights movement, poverty, hunger, and homelessness,” said Krystal Sanchez, assistant director of Greek Life & Community Engagement.

A candlelight vigil, hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, will follow the performance.

The events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the campus garage, and in the evening is also often available in surface lots. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52, St/ Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285).

In addition, Saint Leo’s Office of Student Activities is partnering with Feeding Children Everywhere on January 12, to serve 70,000 meals to the Tampa Bay community to help eradicate hunger and poverty, in memory of King.

“Saint Leo University is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by continuing his legacy of service and social responsibility,” Sanchez said. “By partnering with Feeding Children Everywhere, it is our hope that Saint Leo Lions will understand their role in being responsible stewards and engaging with our local community.”

Student volunteers will work 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, January 12, in the boardrooms, scooping and pouring lentils, white rice, dehydrated vegetables, and pink Himalayan salt to form jambalaya mixes.

For more information or special accommodations, contact Krystal Sanchez at [email protected]

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