Celebrating MLK Convocation

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 4 p.m.
Peterson Recreation Center

Each January, Providence College honors Dr. King and his efforts to create a Beloved Community at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, a special event featuring guest speakers whose work reflects Dr. King’s legacy.

MLK Vision Awards

In 2018, and in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Providence College established the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award. This annual award honors individuals or groups who exemplify his teachings and spirit. 

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2024 Keynote Speaker

Pastor Mike McClure Jr.

Founding Pastor of Rock City Church  

Pastor Mike McClure Jr. 

Pastor Mike Jr. is a trailblazer and trendsetter in the world of ministry and music. He is a proud husband and father, the founding pastor of Rock City Church, and a 19-time Stellar Award and  Dove Award winner for his contributions to Gospel and Christian music.  

Under his leadership, Rock City Church has earned the title of one of the fastest-growing churches in the south, as acknowledged by Outreach Magazine. The church’s mission is simple yet impactful: “Love God, Love People, and Make a Difference.” Pastor Mike Jr. lives by these words. From alleviating medical debt to organizing groceries and gas giveaways, he and Rock City Church are living proof that the impossible becomes possible with faith.  

Pastor Mike Jr.’s journey is an inspiring testament to the power of faith and dedication. He envisions a world where love is not just spoken but tangibly felt through acts of kindness and compassion. His life’s work serves as a beacon of hope, bridging gaps, and touching hearts, leaving an indelible mark on the lives he touches. In short, Pastor Mike Jr.’s story captivates, leaving us with a profound realization: that when purpose meets passion, and faith meets action, the impossible is merely the beginning of the extraordinary. 

2024 Event Photos & Videos

The MLK Convocation kicks off a series of events that included the presentation of the MLK Vision Award during a celebratory luncheon, a day of service, and a student gala.

MLK Convocation Committee

Nancy Kelley ’05SCE
Office of the President

Adebimpe Dare
Student Success Center

Karina Alvarado
Marketing & Communications

Dr. Christopher Arroyo
Department of Philosophy

Tara Baxter
Office of College Event Management & Planning

Josiah Cook

Eileen Dignan
Chaplains Office

Anthony DiSpena ’24

Deirdre Driscoll-Lemoine ’98G
Office of College Event Management & Planning

Satoya Isophe ’24

Niki Jannitto ’20G
Office of College Event Management & Planning

Melissa Mardo
School of Business, Deans Office

Molly McKeon
Student Success Center

Johandalys Montas ’25

Dr. Rosemary Mugan ’98
Personal Counseling Center

Rev. Augustine Reisenauer, O.P.
Department of Theology

Sean Richardson ’20
Institutional Advancement

Sokeo Ros ’20G
Office of Institutional Diversity

Rev. Bruno Shah, O.P.
Department of Theology

Morgan Victor ’11
Department of Information Technology