Mount St. Joseph University students and staff will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, 2015, by spending the day working with Habitat for Humanity. The group will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a Habitat warehouse located at 5139 Kieley Place in St. Bernard.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. taught people to serve their communities and help others get out of poverty,” said Terri Hurdle, Ed.D., director of diversity and inclusion at the Mount. “We’re going to be working with Habitat for Humanity because having a home is the first rung to escape poverty. Habitat is that pipeline where regular people can build homes for those in need. What better way for the Mount’s staff and students to connect with our mission and create opportunity for others.”
Forty members of the Mount community will be building sheds for local Habitat homes. The university is closed for the holiday.
“The Mount has a rich tradition of service learning and incorporates it into our academic culture,” said Keith Lanser, service learning coordinator at the Mount. “This gives us an opportunity to do what Dr. King preached and that’s helping others.”
The Mount will also offer a traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 22 with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. and a program immediately following in the Mount Theatre. The program features performing artist Christopher Miller, soloist Reginald Brown as well as a candlelight vigil. The event is free and is open to the public.