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UP’s Annual In-Person MLK Day Celebration Cancelled

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – While Montanans continue to navigate the struggle of life in the age of COVID-19, the University of Providence has been especially focused on safely reopening its doors to students for in-person instruction. Sadly, reopening campus to safe and socially-distanced classroom instruction has not come without its sacrifices – decreased capacity limits, postponed or cancelled events, and the loss of available campus venues now needed for classroom instruction.  Through this process, the need to ensure the health and safety of our campus and municipal community remains forefront in our minds.

As a result, the University regrets to announce that its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will not occur this year.

“Not having a large, in-person celebration this year was an extremely difficult decision,” writes Nicolas Estrada, Director of Campus Ministry at the University.  “The annual MLK celebration has been a highlight event at the University for many years.  We are especially disheartened that this global pandemic would coincide with a time in our nation’s history when our society is in such great need of remembering Dr. King’s message.”

The University of Providence will still honor MLK Day by calling the campus community to a day of prayer for Peace and Justice – beginning with the tolling of the bells of Providence Tower at 10:00 am, and ending with a second toll at 5:05 pm (coinciding with the time of King’s death in Tennessee.)