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January 20, 2014

MSSU, community celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri Southern State University on Monday celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting a community breakfast, while some of its student-athletes rolled up their sleeves and got to work in a community service project.

More than 230 people were expected at the breakfast, which was held in Billingsly Student Center and highlighted Jerrod Hogan, co-founder of Rebuild Joplin, as its keynote speaker.

Faustina Abrahams, chairwoman of the university’s diversity committee, said the goal of the breakfast was to inspire people to follow in King’s footsteps by volunteering and serving their community.

“We celebrate the day by recognizing what he did and taking it another step,” she said.

Meanwhile, about 50 students from the MSSU baseball, volleyball and soccer teams were at Children’s Haven, helping the Joplin organization move its storage items from its current location, 701 S. Picher Ave., to the new location next door.

“It’s just nice to be able to lend a helping hand,” said Callie Whetstone, a sophomore biology major and member of the volleyball team.

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