Walsh University Honors Martin Luther King Jr. During Human Dignity Week

Walsh University will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, with a day of service as part of a week-long celebration of human dignity.  More than 250 students, faculty and staff will connect with the greater Stark County community by volunteering to serve on and off the Walsh campus throughout the day. Athletic teams, campus club members and individuals will perform service activities that include hosting a Walsh Basketball clinic and serving at the YWCA Canton, House of Loreto, Stark Fresh, Refuge of Hope, SAM Center, Emmanuel Tabernacle and others. These plans bring to life Dr. King’s vision of neighbors working together to build a better future through volunteerism and service to our community.

Human Dignity Week is a time to honor life, learn what also undermines it, and how each of us can be a voice for life and human dignity.  The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if sacred human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Human Dignity Week at Walsh begins with a Celebration of Mass, includes a day of service, guest speaker on stalking awareness Debbie Riddle, discussions on human dignity led by Pastor Walter Moss, discussions on poverty and hunger awareness with the Blouin Scholars, and concludes with a peaceful and prayerful pilgrimage to the nation’s capital for the March for Life.

Debbie Riddle presents Peggy’s Story | January 17 | 7:00 p.m. | Barrette Business & Community Center

As part of Human Dignity Week and to recognize Stalking Awareness Month, Walsh University is welcoming community members to join us for a guest lecture by one of the nation’s leading speakers on stalking, Debbie Riddle, on Jan. 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Barrette Business and Community Center. “Peggy’s Story” is about Riddle’s sister who endured years of emotional abuse, harassment, surveillance, threats and terrifying behaviors before she was murdered by her stalker. The lecture is free and open to the public to those who RSVP at