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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Day of Service

Join members of the university and neighboring communities on Friday January 12 for a reflection upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s life, leadership and legacy of racial and social justice. The day provides three unique opportunities to delve deeper into King’s philosophy of the Beloved Community through education, reflection, service and dialogue.

The day will kick off with the MLK Commemoration in Sundin Music Hall from 9-10:15 a.m. Participants include Dean of Students Patti Klein, High-Impact Learning Practices Coordinator Jane Turk, Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Rebecca Neal, undergraduate student Shaniah Smith, and the Hamline University Gospel Choir.

Following the commemoration, pre-registered members of our university community will participate in one of two programs that provide an opportunity for them to purposefully act to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community building. Hamline community members may participate in the MLK Day of Service with off-campus organizations or engage in dialogue with other university community members in the Community Transformation Circles. Because the Day of Service and Community Transformation Circles are held at the same time, interested University members must choose between the two activities.

During the MLK Day of Service, Hamline faculty, staff, and students may volunteer at five local community organizations including Books for Africa, The Hallie Q. Brown Center, Hamline Elementary School, Hamline Midway Library, and the YWCA St. Paul. It will take place from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Participant Follow-up Lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating in the MLK Day of Service or the Community Transformation Circles, please register by noon on Wednesday, January 10.

For information on the commemoration, contact the Hedgeman Center at 651-523-2423 or hedgemancenter@hamline.edu.