USD Toreros to Honor Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King

Members of the University of San Diego community will honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by marching in San Diego’s annual parade on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Faculty, students, staff and alumni will gather at 12:30 p.m. in front of USD’s Hahn University Center and ride together to the parade’s staging area at the County Administration Building.

“We are excited to join San Diego in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade,” said Carlton D. Floyd, Associate Provost and Director of USD’s Center for Inclusion and  Diversity. “We hope our participation exhibits our strong commitment to acknowledging diversity and encouraging its inclusion in the city we are proud to call home. This parade is a visible sign of the beauty of diversity, and in keeping with Dr. King’s own  words, we join San Diego in this visual rendering of a world where ‘integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity.’”

Participants are also invited to wear their commemorative parade t-shirts to Monday night’s Torero men’s basketball game against the BYU Cougars in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

As part of its efforts to honor Dr. King, USD will also present an exhibit to campus next month to raise awareness and recognize the dignity of the homeless. The exhibit, (In)visible Project, “A Human Portrait of San Diego’s Homeless Population,” will be on display in February in USD’s University Center. “We invite the public to see the installation and join in doing  the work that the socially just world Dr. King envisioned requires of us,” Floyd said.


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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.