Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at 5 MSIs

by Carol Sandoval

These five Minority Serving Institutions have created days of celebration in honor of one of the most important activists in history: Martin Luther King, Jr. Through music performances, community service events, and award ceremonies, the spirit of service is visible among these campuses.

1) Tuskegee University (HBCU)—Tuskegee, AL

Faith Week at Tuskegee University is a week dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. This week includes days of worship, keynote speakers, a panel of community leaders, and a banquet. Faith Week encourages unity among the Tuskagee campus as the events are open to people of all faiths.

Read more about it here.

2) Spelman College (HBCU)—Atlanta, GA

For this special day of service, Spelman College will be assembling school supply kits for several elementary and middle schools in West Atlanta. This organized event will greatly impact and empower local communities.

Sign up to volunteer here.

3) Western New Mexico University (HSI)—Silver City, NM

Each year, Western New Mexico University honors an outstanding community member who exemplifies the character and values of Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremony is then followed by music performances.

Read more about it here.

4) Claflin University (HBCU)—Orangeburg, SC


Claflin University also organizes a full week’s worth of events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The week of service is comprised of a blood drive, a clothes drive, and other community service events.

Read more about it here.

5) University of Maryland, College Park (AANAPISI)—College Park, MD


The University of Maryland at College Park is hosting the 26th Annual celebration on January 14, 2017. The event begins with opening prayers and concludes with African storytelling and tribal drumming.

RSVP for the festivities here.

Know of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations at other Minority Serving Institutions? Share them in the comments below!

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