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Release Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:54 PM
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Howard University Honors Dr. King with ‘MLK Weekend of Service’

 

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2014) – Howard University students will join hundreds across the country in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the MLK Weekend of Service, Jan. 18 – 21. To honor the slain civil rights icon, students will volunteer for community service projects while student groups host events to discuss the realization of King’s dream. Student organizations across campus are partnering to coordinate the volunteer efforts for multiple events.

Although Dr. King was born on Jan. 15, the federal holiday observance is on Jan. 20, this year.  

“Our student organizations have partnered with community groups to create a pipeline of volunteers for service,” said Howard University Student Association President Anthony Miller. “This is another opportunity for Howard students to make a positive impact on the community and to further the dream of Dr. King.”

Caleb Davis, a senior electrical engineering major, is one of the coordinators of the student volunteers. This is his third year working on this project, and he said participation has grown from 200 to more than 500 students.

“Truth and service is the foundation of what it means to be a student here at Howard,” said Davis. “It’s what we do ­­– not only for our community, but to honor those who paved the way for us.”

Event details:

Saturday, Jan. 18
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

MLK Memorial Beautification with IMPACT  
Washington Monument and MLK Memorial on the National Mall

Volunteers will trim cherry trees and engage in other beautification efforts around the monuments.

Sunday, Jan. 19
11 a.m.

Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel Service
Cramton Auditorium
2455 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

The guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL. Dr. Wright is an alumnus of Howard University and the author of four books. A student of Black Sacred Music, ethnomusicology and African Diaspora studies, Dr. Wright is an historian of religions. All are welcome.

Monday, Jan. 20
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

School Beautification with City Year  
Coolidge High School
6315 5th St., NW
Washington, DC 20011

Volunteers will transform three schools into engaging, educational and vibrant places for students to learn and play. This service project will include mural painting, light construction and youth workshops.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Feeding the Homeless with KID POWER INC
Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St. NW,
Washington, DC 20001


Volunteers will pack and distribute lunches for the homeless in the Chinatown/Mt. Vernon/McPherson Square/Penn Quarter communities. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Outreach with The Walter Education Center 
The Walker Jones Education Campus
1125 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

In partnership with the Grassroots Education Project, volunteers will complete projects including library upgrades, classroom assistance, facility upgrades and community outreach.

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Are You Prepared for and Emergency? - Emergency Preparedness Planning Workshop
The Dunbar Senior Citizen Building
2001 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

There Americoprs Vista and the Office of the Mayor will be leading a workshop for senior citizens on Emergency Preparedness. Volunteers will be available onsite to help individuals complete a personal emergencu preparedness plan.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Warm Up DC: Hero-Making Extravaganza
Meridian’s White-Meyer House
1624 Crescent Place, NW.

In support of Martha’s Table emergency food services and McKenna’s Wagon, volunteers will assemble sandwiches for distribution to DC’s homeless.

9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Warm Up DC: 2nd Annual Knit-in
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St., NW

The 2014 Warm Up, DC Day of Service will be officially kicked off at Busboys and Poetswith remarks by Founder, Andy Shallal. With civic-minded poetry and performances as a fitting backdrop at this community institution, participants for the "knit-in" (beginners welcome) will create hats, scarves and gloves to be donated to Martha’s Table upon completion.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

I Have a Dream” Vision Casting Party
Howard University School of Divinity
1400 Shepherd St. NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Howard University School of Divinity will reflect on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., through a vision casting party that will encourage individuals to make their vision plain for the foreseeable future. Participants are asked to bring poster boards, magazines, embellishments and their motivation for vision mapping. If interested in participating, RSVP byFriday, Jan., 17. For more information, contact the HUSD Student Government Association at vp.communications.husd.sga@gmail.com with subject, “Vision Casting Party."

ABOUT HOWARD

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.


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