Providence College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a week-long series of events culminating in a speech by Bernice King, his daughter.
Organizers hope the event will help unite a campus which has dealt publicly with racial tensions in recent years.
Bernice King, who is scheduled to speak on Thursday, is expected to discuss what's called the “beloved community,” an idea which promotes equity and non-violence.
Organizer and Providence College Assistant Dean Ralph Tavares said the event is important for the campus and especially for students of color.
“So much of student success I think is tied to belonging, and it’s perfect that Dr. King is coming to speak specifically about ‘beloved community,” Tavares said. “Because I think for those students it’s going to resonate that they do belong, and there is a place for them.”
Tavares added that he hoped white students would gain new perspective from the speech. In recent years, some students and professors of color at PC have complained about racial profiling and cultural insensitivity.
An earlier version of this story misspelled Ralph Tavares' last name.