Former Secretary of Labor Herman to speak at MLK Jr. Scholarship Breakfast

Former Secretary of Labor Herman to speak at MLK Jr. Scholarship Breakfast


For more than three decades, Rowan University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast has drawn some of the greatest names from the American Civil Rights Movement – such luminaries as Andrew Young, Julian Bond and Martin Luther King III – as well as entertainers and political leaders whose keynote addresses inspired listeners to serve their communities and to work for the common good.

As Rowan celebrates its 31st annual MLK Jr. Scholarship Breakfast Jan. 16, this year will be no different.

Delivering the keynote address will be former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Margaret Herman, the first African American to head the Department of Labor.

As secretary, Herman led the effort to institute a global child labor standard, advocated for Americans trying to move from welfare to work and launched the most aggressive unemployed youth initiative since the 1970s.

Under her tenure, unemployment reached a 30-year low and the nation witnessed the safest workplace record in the history of the Department of Labor.

“Secretary Herman gave voice to many Americans seeking to better themselves and their families,” said Rowan President Ali Houshmand. “Our nation is better and stronger because of her.”

Sponsored by the Rowan University Foundation, Rowan’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship breakfast will be held Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. All proceeds will support the William H. Myers scholars program.

Tickets for the breakfast are $75 and a limited number are still available. To reserve yours, please order online.


MLK Jr. holiday a Day of Service

Rowan’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year also includes a service event in which volunteers will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bag cookies and donate new, clean white socks for homeless people in Camden.

Sponsored by the Interfaith and Spiritual Exploration Center in the office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) and the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, the program will be held in the SJICR office, 214 Robinson Hall, from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

“Martin Luther King Jr. lived a life of service. To me it just makes sense to help others through acts of service, especially on MLK Jr. Day,” said Gardy Guiteau, director of the office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution. “I encourage students, faculty and staff to come out and join us.”

Donors may contribute new, white socks for men or women as well as packages of cookies. Donations will be made through the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden. To volunteer and/or donate, please register by email.


Black History Month celebrations

In February, Rowan will celebrate Black History Month with a series of programs capped by the 12th Annual Rosa Parks Luncheon on the 28th.

The program, created to honor the life and works of Parks, known to many as the mother of the American Civil Rights Movement, this year features community activist Ilyasah Al Shabazz, the third daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz.

Sponsored by the department of Africana Studies, the luncheon raises money for the Gary Hunter Scholarship Program and this year will explore the theme of crisis in black education.

Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders and participates in international humanitarian delegations.

“She brings a platform of young community activism that’s tied to her past,” said Denise Williams of Rowan’s History department who sits on the council for Africana Studies.

Tickets to the luncheon, to be held 11 a.m. Feb. 28 in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center, are $50.