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December 25, 2013

MSSU plans events honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Staff members at Missouri Southern State University are planning the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for the week of Jan. 20.

Serving as the multiple-day celebration’s central theme is a quote from King: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” The event will provide ways for the campus and the community to be of service to others.

The Day of Service will begin with the annual MLK breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in Connor Ballroom at Billingsly Student Center. The keynote speaker will be Jerrod Hogan, founder of Rebuild Joplin.

Those in attendance may contribute to a community art project. Guests will trace their hands on construction paper, which will be added to a collage created by students and Josie Mai, assistant professor of art. At the conclusion of the breakfast, “Healing Hands Community Collage” will be unveiled.

Sponsorship opportunities for tables at the breakfast are available. There will be six tickets per table, with a table tent on each sponsored table. Company names will be listed in the printed program and mentioned during the event.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, is a volunteer fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local volunteer and nonprofit organizations will set up tables in Billingsly Student Center with information about getting involved. Students and residents may sign up and give their time to an organization of their choice.

The Campus Activities Board will present two performances by MLK impersonator Greenfair “Brother” Moses III on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Both programs are free and open to the public.

Moses will deliver “Let Freedom Ring” at 1 p.m. in Corley Auditorium. The speech is one that King labored over as he wondered whether to use the phrase “I have a dream.”

Moses will present King’s sermon “A Knock at Midnight” at 7 p.m. in Corley Auditorium.

“We’d really like to see area churches attend the Wednesday evening program,” said Faustina Abrahams, the first-year advising coordinator and a member of the university’s diversity committee. “The MSSU Chamber Singers are going to open it, and we want it to feel like what it could have been like to be there for (the actual sermon).”

Breakfast tickets

THE COST OF THE BREAKFAST is $5 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the MSSU Ticket Office or online at mssu.edu/mlk.

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