Aston University opens new multi-faith centre

Martin Luther King multi-faith centre
Martin Luther King multi-faith centre
1 April 2011

Aston University has officially opened its Multi-Faith Centre, named after Martin Luther King, the legendary activist.

The Centre, launched on April 4, coincides with the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, whose famous “I have a dream” speech captured the hearts and minds of people of all heritages across the world. His legacy lives on.

Situated on campus, adjacent to the university library, the Centre will open its doors to students and staff, irrespective of whatever faith, if any.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be performed by Professor Julia King, Vice Chancellor at Aston University.

The purpose-built Centre, which features a series of tailored rooms for prayer, meetings and social gatherings, will aim to fulfil the faith, religious and support needs for the entire community at Aston University.

The event will bring together under one roof senior representatives from major faith and religious groups in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. The delegate list includes guests from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and Sikh faiths.

Kate Parsons, Staff & Student Diversity & Wellbeing Manager at Aston University, said:
“We are very proud of the multicultural make-up of our staff and student communities and this Centre is a fantastic addition to Aston. The Martin Luther King Multi-faith Centre is an ideal place to share, celebrate and recognise our different ways of life, beliefs, attitudes to faith and religion and can ultimately add further value to our well-recognised work on widening participation.”

Ms Parsons explained the thinking behind attributing the Centre to Martin Luther King:
“This is a reminder to us all about the ethos and values of this remarkable man. Themes which were close to his heart, such as justice, peace, mutual understanding and faith, are all relevant to us today.”

The opening of Aston’s Martin Luther King Centre comes just weeks after it launched its diversity initiative, entitled Crossing Boundaries, which aims to celebrate the diversity of cultures and nationalities at Aston University.

For any journalists or photographers wishing to attend the launch, or for any media enquiries, please contact Dhiren Katwa, Press Officer at Aston Business School, on 0121 204 4954 or email

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