Martin Luther King Campus Events

Jan. 15, 2009 -

Redlands students will pay tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in several community service projects, including a home build, and also taking part in two on-campus celebrations.

Students will participate in the Hands of Mercy home build on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, Jan. 19. The event is expected to begin at about noon and continue until about 6 p.m. on the university's outdoor basketball court.

Students will build the house on site before it is transported to a family in Mexico.

This is the second year community service events have been planned as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.  Two events celebrating King's contributions also are planned.

Students will be sewing hats to raise money and awareness for Invisible Children, an organization established to aid children in Northern Uganda. Students also will be making cards for hospitalized children throughout the day.

 In addition to the service efforts, students, staff and the general public also can participate in a celebration of King's life and contributions. The celebration will be held from 12:05 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Watchorn Hall.

The program will include the presentation of a one-man show by the Rev. Art Cribbs, who will deliver a portion of King's speech at Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967. Officials including Redlands Mayor Jon Harrison and university president Stuart Dorsey also will speak. University students also are scheduled to sing and participate in readings.

A weekend celebration of King's contributions also is set for Sunday, Jan. 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The program will include a presentation by the Common Ground Theatre, which will perform excerpts from the award-winning play, Awaiting Judgment. The two-man show is a dialogue between King and a German theologian who helped found the Underground Church in Germany and joined an effort to assassinate Hitler. The University Chapel Singers also will perform and students will read quotes from King during the celebration.

Call the university's community service learning office at 909-748-8288 for information on volunteer events. Call the chaplain's office at 909-748-8017 for information on scheduled King celebrations.

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