St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will host its annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Terry M. Fischer Theater on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. The theme is Advancing the Dream: Healing our Divisions.
Rabbi Susan Talve, founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation in the City of St. Louis, will serve as keynote speaker. She performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought in both the Jewish and non-Jewish community.
Rabbi Talve has led her congregation in promoting inclusivity by developing ongoing relationships with African-American and Muslim congregations, and by fostering civil liberties for the LGBT community. She served as the vice chair of Missourians for Freedom and Justice, an organization that supported the LGBT community and is an active member of the St. Louis Interfaith Dialogue Group.
The event will feature the winners of the annual North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) oratorical contest, and musical performances from Christ Our Redeemer AME Choir and 3 Central.
The event is sponsored by the college and NCCU. Admission is free and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Kedra Tolson at 314-513-4221.
Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4551.
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – and annually serves nearly 80,000 students through credit courses, continuing education and workforce development programs. For more information about STLCC, visit www.stlcc.edu.