Unity Week planned at New Kensington

Female lights unity candle

A member of the World Overcomers Ministry helps light the unity day candle at the 2019 Celebration of Unity Dinner at Penn State New Kensington. The 2020 event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Athletic Center. As in the past, the event is open to the public, but reservations are kindly requested by contacting the campus Office of Student Affairs at 724-334-6062.Image: Rebecca Dietrich

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Penn State New Kensington will celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and promote diversity and inclusion through a series of events during the campus’ Unity Week, held from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31.

The program series includes a variety of events open to the campus community and the public, with the highlight being annual Celebration of Unity community dinner on Jan 28, co-sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and Hightower Scholars, Inc. This year’s dinner theme is “It’s a New Day in Our Community,” and will include the annual lighting of the unity candle. Winners of the annual elementary school student essay contest will also read their winning essays, and seventh and eighth graders from Huston Middle School, in Burrell School District, and Valley Middle School, in the New Kensington-Arnold School District, will host a poster presentation on the topic of “Reimagining New Kensington and Lower Burrell” during the event.

Members of the public are invited to participate and attend the events below noted as “open to the public.”

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