“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., “Conquering Self-Centeredness” speech, 1957
Service & Discussion Events Celebrating MLK
In January 2014, we’re planning four events that celebrate the life and work of civil rights activist and social change leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including service events, a discussion on discrimination over dinner, and a discussion on the meaning and importance of nonviolence.
Dr. King’s philosophy centers on fighting poverty, fighting discrimination, and nonviolent social change. Each event focuses on one of the tenets of his philosophy. Join us for one or more of the events!
1. Fighting Poverty (January 30 & 31, 8:15-1 p.m.)
We are challenged to rid our nation and the world of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world.
- “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution” speech, March 31, 1968
Join us at the nonprofit Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread which provides over 20,000 free, hot meals to people in need each year. We will travel to Radford to help package and deliver meals to individuals within the community. We will also prepare and serve meals at Daily Bread.
Thursday, January 30, 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, January 31, 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2. Fighting Racism and Discrimination (January 31st, 6 – 9 p.m.)
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
-“I have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King Celebration Dinner: Breaking Bread Together
Join fellow students from a range of backgrounds for a unique opportunity to hear and learn from each other. Over great food, participants will engage in eye-opening discussion of how the civil rights struggle looks in today’s diverse world, how it affects us personally, and how we see it play out in our communities.
Expand your understanding of the diversity of human experience! Bring a potluck dish to share if you wish.
Registration Required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386688879211
Where: The Wesley Foundation, 209 West Roanoke Street
When: January 31st, 6-9pm
Questions? Contact Obaid Rehman at obaid9(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)vt.edu.
3. Nonviolent Social Change (January 31, 3-4:30 p.m.)
Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
- Nobel Prize acceptance speech, December 10, 1964
What is nonviolence? Why does it matter? For those who want to create social change, no questions are more important.
Join us January 31 from 3-4:30 p.m. for a discussion with Dr. Marian Mollin, social movements scholar and nonviolent activist/trainer. No RSVP necessary, we’ll be at the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, 209 Norris Hall.
Have questions about any of these events? Contact Lucy Adams at lucya(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)vt.edu or call 540-231-7042.
Martin Luther King Daycare Facelift
This event paired students with organizations serving children in the New River Valley to spruce up daycare centers. By leading a team in helping to revitalize the community or joining a team, our students worked to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service four years in a row.
Student leaders planned these service project with local childcare centers. They were responsible for meeting with their service site to develop a plan for their project according to the service site’s needs. With a budget of $100 for project materials (i.e. paint, brushes, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), teams and individuals completed some great projects. Check out their work below!