Inspired by service and social justice, Marian University holds its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast every January. The celebration, which began in 1999, aimed to develop an opportunity for Marian and those in the community to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Every year it has been a tradition of Marian and the Fond du Lac community to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a community, we continue to remember and reflect on how his dream continues to inspire us. This is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing.

Join us virtually for the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Breakfast!

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Monday, January 18, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Keynote speaker: A panel including Judy Goldsmith (Community Leader), Dr. Alonzo Kelly (Marian University Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), and Brenda Ordonez (Marian University Student Senate President)


The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer program consists of recognizing a community member or group with the Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award seeks to recognize a person or group who has given of themselves to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and has gone above and beyond in the endeavors of equality, social justice and providing access to succeed. In addition, this person or group has played an important role in the Fond du Lac and surrounding communities, through the services provided.

Past MLK Spirit Award Recipients

  • Jack Braun
  • Stella Storch, United for Diversity
  • Tina Potter, United Way
  • Mary Fran Merwin, FHS Principal
  • Allen Buechel, County Executive
  • Daisy Frazier
  • HEDIT – Higher Education Diversity Team
  • Father Vic Capriolo
  • Laurice Snyder
  • Clarence Austin (posthumously)
  • Bishop and Beverly Haywood
  • Margaret Jarek
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes