USF’s annual “A Day On, Not a Day Off” event kicks off celebration of MLK Jr.

January 13, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis will devote a week of events to celebrate the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beginning with its annual “A Day On, Not a Day Off” MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

Students, faculty and staff will participate in projects on campus and around the local area as part of a Day of Service. Since there are no classes at USF on Jan. 20, it’s an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. King’s life by emulating his dedication to service and compassion for others.

Events on Monday include Linus Blanket Making, Bread for the World Letter Writing and Kindness Rocks Project in the North Campus gym, with off-campus sites including the Fort Wayne Rescue Treasure House, Project 216, American Red Cross, Vincent Village, Friends of the Third World, St. Vincent De Paul Store, Blue Jacket, Destiny Rescue, Fort Wayne MLK Club and A Mother’s Hope. USF Crown Point will also have events at its site.

Other activities during the week:

Critical Conversations: Love is Stronger Than Hate
Monday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., in North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St., across from main campus.
Chris Singleton, a former professional baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs, will share an inspirational message. His mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015 by a white supremacist. Chris inspired his city and the nation by offering forgiveness to the murderer and stating, “Love is stronger than hate.”

Movie Night: Selma.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Jefferson Pointe AMC, 4250 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Join USF for a viewing of the critically acclaimed film “Selma,” which chronicles Dr. King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights and iconic march from Selma to Montgomery, culminating in President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Pizza & Politics: Evaluating Dr. King’s Dream
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m., Cougar Den, USF campus, 2701 Spring St.
Dr. Cliff Buttram and Dr. Thomas Schneider will sit with members of the Fort Wayne MLK Club and discuss questions including: Has Dr. King’s dream materialized or was it simply a brief vision? How has American benefited from arguably its most impactful 10 years? Does America take this decade on internal strife for granted?

Faces of My People: Margaret Burroughs Art Exhibit Tour
Thursday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m., Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.
American artist Margaret Burroughs was an advocate for African-American representation in public history, literature and art when its presence was limited or non-existent. She was an educator, poet, community organizer and visual artist. Her work in visual arts took the form of painting, some sculpture and a large body of relief prints. This exhibit celebrates her contributions to Chicago’s cultural life.

MLK Trivia Night
Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Cougar Den, USF campus
Test your knowledge of Dr. King’s life and the civil rights movement.

Community Dinner, Mass and Creative Writing Contest
Sunday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m., Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center, Room 301, and St. Francis Chapel, USF campus
Join us for a community dinner and the announcement of our creative writing contest winners. Mass will follow in the Chapel.

USF Crown Point will feature Linus Project and St. Jude’s House at 9 a.m. Jan. 20, Movie Night featuring “Barry,” at 3 p.m. Jan. 21 and speaker Denise Dillard, tying together nursing and service, at 11 a.m. Jan. 22.

For more information on MLK Day of Service or MLK week events, visit the USF site at sf.edu/mlkday/ or contact Dr. Paul Porter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at 260-399-7700, ext. 6304, or email pporter@sf.edu.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.