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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Event

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

VIRTUAL EVENT: January 18, 2021

Celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Preparing Future Leaders

Event speakers include SMSU Alumni, Dr. Arnold Bell & Mr. Sedric McClure. Musical performances & spoken word planned for.

2021 marks the 5th Annual Day of Service in honor of Dr. King. The event theme focuses on developing community leaders as well as continuing the important tradition of community service.

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This event will be held via Zoom only.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963


Program schedule:



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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 18, 2021

Musical Performance: Kimberly Brown
Lift Every Voice and Sing ~ (Black National Anthem) ~ Oh, Happy Day ~ With My Whole Heart

Welcome: Dr. Aimee Shouse, Dean of Arts, Letters & Science and Dr. Raphael Onyeaghala, Dean of Business, Education, Graduate & Professional Studies

Spoken Word Performances: SMSU Students

Words of Inspiration: Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, President of Southwest Minnesota State University

Presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award: Jefferson Lee IV, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Director of Access Opportunity Success, & the Mustang Pathway Program

Keynote Speaker Introductions: Dr. Jeff Kolnick, Professor of History

Keynote Address: SMSU Alumni Dr. Arnold Bell '96 & Mr. Sedric McClure '94
--Dr. Arnold Bell is Professor of Communication at the College of Southern Nevada
--Sedric McClure is Assistant Dean in the Department of Multicultural Life at Macalester College 

Closing remarks: Dr. Erin Kline & Jackye Meba

Musical Performance: Kimberly Brown
Lord Don’t Move the Mountain


MLK Day Donation Drive
Food and Personal Care Items for the Mustang Market
Donations accepted now through Tuesday, January 19
at the Center for Civic Engagement, BA 161 or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Commons East
Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM

Items most needed:

  • Toothpaste
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Diverse Hair Care items (pick combs, curly hair [4A or higher] products)
  • Facial Wash and Moisturizer
  • Fragrance-Free Personal Care Products, including: body wash, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
  • Cleaning Products: laundry detergent, dish soap, household all-purpose cleaners
  • Tampons and other feminine hygiene products
  • Winter Hats, Scarfs, Mittens, and Socks
  • Wash Cloths/Towels
  • Can openers
  • Non-Perishable Food
If you find yourself in need, RSVP by Noon Jan. 19 for the Mustang Market Distribution Day on Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Contact Jefferson Lee IV or Dr. Erin Kline with questions. or

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