MLK, Jr. Day Events and Activities Scheduled

January 10, 2013
Rikki Smith
(417) 625-3521
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) – On Monday, Jan. 21, Missouri Southern State University students, faculty, and staff and members of the community will volunteer for service projects to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Registration is now available for many of the events.  Please consider how you can participate and contribute during this day of reflection and remembrance.
The day will include the MLK Celebration Breakfast, Stars of Hope service projects and a lecture by Dr. Bernard Franklin. Dr. Franklin will bring an interesting perspective on the MLK holiday; he is fortunate to have developed life-long friendships with several of King's family members.

Other special program features will include "Portrait of a Dream" public art project, Volunteer Rally &  Reflection, project with Rebuild Joplin and the national MLK Food Drive. In the "Stars of Hope" Party at McAlister's Deli and Emergency Preparedness Workshops.
This year a simplified Registration Form includes all the events and volunteer signatures on a single form! 
The following information is also on the MSSU website at the Martin Luther King Day of Service web page.
Volunteers for the Rebuild Joplin project will need to complete the MSSU Registration Form AND the Rebuild Joplin form.  Links to the MSSU Group form for Rebuild Joplin are contained in the MSSU Registration Form and confirmation emails.
MLK Celebration Breakfast
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Place: Connor Ballroom, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU; 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Mo.
On the campus of Missouri Southern State University, the 12th annual MLK Celebration Breakfast brings together the community and MSSU family to remember MLK, Jr. and his legacy. Dr. Bernard Franklin will be the keynote speaker. For over 30 years Bernard has helped people imagine or see their worth, potential and future and inspired them to accomplish their goals. If you are interested in attending breakfast, you may purchase tickets at the MSSU Ticket Office for $3.25 each.  If you make reservations through the Registration Form, you can simply pay at the door with cash or credit or debit cards. Reservations can be made online through the MSSU MLK webpage. Please bring canned goods to contribute to the MLK National Food Drive.
Stars of HOPE - On-Campus Service Project
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 9 a.m. –  noon
Place: MSSU Oval/Lion's Den, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU
Join us for an opportunity to serve between classes or over the lunch hour. Volunteers will begin the process of basecoating 100 Stars of Hope which will be taken by the Joplin 'on fire' for Service program to help in the Hurricane Sandy recovery.  These stars will be our first step toward over 3,000 stars from Joplin and 10,000 nationally.
Bernard Franklin Lecture
Date: Monday, Jan, 21
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Corley Auditorium, Webster Hall, MSSU
Dr. Bernard Franklin will follow up on his keynote presentation from the MLK Celebration Breakfast. All classes are welcome to attend. Please bring canned goods to contribute to the MLK National Food Drive.
"Portrait of a Dream" Public Art Project
Date:  Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Place: MSSU campus
For the second year, the MSSU Resource Development Center partners with the Art Department to bring a public art project to campus. Anyone is welcome to participate in helping create the artwork. Be looking for volunteers walking around campus with note cards and black markers.  They'll ask the people they encounter to draw a self-portrait.  The volunteers will snap a photo of the drawing and upload it to the project technical command center.  From there it will be included in a scrolling display of  images in the "Portrait of a Dream" project.  Be watching for a link to the project and drop by the Lion's Den to see the project in process!
Volunteer Rally &  Reflection
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: First Floor Lounge Area, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU
Come reflect on the day's MLK events and prepare for going out in service together. We'll reflect on Dr. King's legacy and consider how the "Value of Diversity" plays into his vision of building a "Beloved Community" through service. Special guest Roary, the new MSSU mascot, will help volunteers and participants get excited about going out into the community to help our friends and neighbors. Please bring canned goods to contribute to the MLK National Food Drive.
MLK Day of Service – Community Project with Rebuild Joplin
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: TBA
Make it a day on, not a day off! MSSU family and community members will participate in service projects offered through Rebuild Joplin as our town continues to heal from the devastating 5/22/11 tornado. Registration is mandatory and space is limited. Please bring canned goods to contribute to the MLK National Food Drive. We'll be partnering with a group of students from the Jewish Disaster Response Corps.  You won't want to miss this dynamic opportunity.
Star Party at McAlister's Deli
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Place: McAlister's Deli, 2330 S. Range Line Road, Joplin
Join us for a Star Party!!! "Stars of Hope" is already making plans to travel to the Hurricane Sandy devastation zone to help with recovery! Community members are encouraged to come to McAlister's Deli for dinner, dessert and tea!!! A percentage of the night's proceeds will be donated to the "Joplin 'on fire' for Service" Stars of Hope program. Stars can also be sponsored for just $10 each or three for $20
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Date: Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Place: Connor Ballroom, Billingsly Student Center, MSSU
MSSU and Crowder College present a workshop for the public about personal Emergency Preparedness. No charge to attend.
Martin Luther King Parade
Date: Saturday, Jan. 26
Time: Noon
Start: St. Louis & Langston Hughes Blvd. End:  Ewert Park
Myrtle Lodge #149 is hosting the second annual Martin Luther King Parade. The starting point is St. Louis and Langston Hughes Boulevards. The group will head west on Langston Hughes toward School Street. After a turn south on School, the parade will conclude at Ewert Park. Myrtle Lodge will lay a wreath and local dignitaries are being invited to speak. Participants will spend some time in the park socializing and enjoying refreshments.
Contact: DeShannon Shabazz at (417) 499-7607 or email .
George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver National Monument has a long history of MLK event programming. The events are free to the public. George Washington Carver National Monument is located just 20 minutes southeast of Joplin near the I-44 /I-49 interchange. More information can be found on the Monument's Calendar of Events or by phone at (417) 325-4151.
MLK Speech Series
Date: Saturday, Jan. 19 to Monday, Jan. 21
Time: 1 p.m. daily
The George Washington Carver National Monument will host a showing of a 45 minute video of Dr. King's speeches at 1 p.m. each day from Saturday through the King holiday on Monday.
Film Series
Date: January - March
Time: Varies
George Washington Carver National Monument will host a documentary film series focusing on the lives and influence of famous black Americans. Several movies will be shown from January through March.  Check the Monument website for more details.
Special Events
Value of Diversity Competition
The "Value of Diversity" Competition encourages MSSU students to express how diversity enriches our community, culture, and lives.   Winning entries  of original essays, poems, songs, speeches, short video presentations, sculpture works, paintings and other original works submitted by MSSU students in December will be presented during MLK Day of Service events on Jan. 21.
MLK National Food Drive
Four approaches to the MLK National Food Drive are being used this year. We hope you'll join us for one or several of these opportunities to serve our neighbors.

Volunteers and participants are encouraged to bring canned goods to any of the MLK events on campus.

The campus has been challenged to a Department Food Drive.  Middle school students at the Joplin public and private schools have been encouraged to hold Food Drives in their schools.
The public is invited to bring canned goods to the Jan. 26 MSSU Men's Basketball game.  Each person who participates in the Canned Food Drive will receive $1 off his/her ticket for the game.