A day of service to celebrate Martin Luther King

Volunteers during last year's day of service.

The Brandeis community will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full slate of community service activities and workshops focusing on an array of subjects related to King's teachings.

About 250 people are expected to gather in Levin Ballroom this year for the 7th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service, where they will take turns packing thousands of meal kits for local food pantries and participate in an Educational Justice Fair featuring speakers and workshops on subjects like housing and food access, immigration, and interfaith initiatives.

While some of the participants are Brandeis students, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellows, many come from high schools and church groups nearby.

"It's an awesome event and in many ways it sums up the unifying teachings of MLK. There are so many constituents coming together to bring the day to life," said Brian Quigley. "It's also a chance for Brandeis students to spread the word about service opportunities that our students are involved in and encourage others to join in those services, too."

The day of service begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Those who would like to attend or make a donation can do so on the event's webpage. It is co-sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy, the Waltham Group, the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship program.

Following the day of service, an evening celebration of King will be held in Shapiro Campus Center featuring dance performances, poetry, recitations of speeches by King and other civil rights leaders, and a keynote speech from Nyah Macklin '16. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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