Mount St. Joseph University

The Mount Celebrates 2018 MLK Day

Campus News, Mission Integration, Service Learning, Student Life

By: Keith Lanser

Mount St. Joseph University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with three important events that carry on Dr. King’s dream of racial and class equality in the United States. On Monday, January 15,  Mount students, staff, faculty, and alumni will be out in the community making a difference at the Habitat for Humanity Shed Build and through participation in Cincinnati’s Annual Commemorative March. On Wednesday, January 17, the University’s Black Student Union will be hosting their annual leadership luncheon. These events honor Dr. King’s struggle for justice throughout the 20th century.

This is the Mount’s fourth year of participating in the MLK Day Habitat for Humanity Shed Build, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati. According to Keith Lanser, manager of service learning and civic engagement, “MLK Day is important because if we are serious about social justice, we need to remain active and engaged in our communities so one day we can see Dr. King’s dream become a reality.”

Along with Keith Lanser, Riley Ferguson, a communications and new media studies junior, and president of the Mount’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, has participated in the shed builds in the past. According to Riley, “It’s really important to the Habitat Club to participate in MLK Day activities because Habitat consistently works to further Dr. King’s mission. It is also crucial for students to volunteer and give back because we are the next generation and it is up to us to make the world a better place, and that is what our chapter here at the Mount believes.”

The Mount began participating in Cincinnati’s MLK Commemorative March in 2016. Established in 1979 by the Cincinnati MLK Coalition, the goal of the March is to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to bring together people from various backgrounds. “Taking a day on, not a day off," offers our community the opportunity to continue Dr. King’s legacy of service, his fight against oppression, and his attention to social justice,” saidTerri Hurdle, Ed.D., the Mount’s director of diversity and inclusion. “This day serves as a reminder that if change is to happen, it begins with each person.” Approximately 25 students are expected to participate in the MLK Commemorative March. Students will assemble at the Freedom Center and proceed to Fountain Square for an interfaith prayer service, then proceed to the Taft Theatre.

The Mount’s Black Student Union will host their Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, January 17. Toria Black, an inclusive early childhood junior and president of the University's Black Student Union, stated, “MLK Day is an important day because Dr. King fought for our rights and took a stand against injustice. It is important for BSU to continue living out Dr. King’s legacy by giving thanks and reflecting on what we can do to work towards justice for all.” The annual luncheon will be held at Mount St. Joseph University in the Corona Room from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

MLK Day Schedule (January 15, 2018)

• 8:00AM-Event check-in and breakfast, Seton Center lobby
• 8:30AM-Interfaith Prayer, Seton Center lobby
• 9:00AM-Habitat group will depart from the Mount to go to the Shed Build
• 9:00AM- Commemorative March group will depart from the Mount to go the Commemorative March. If you are going to the Commemorative March, and if you do not need Mount transportation, please meet at 10:15AM at the Freedom Center.
• 12:30PM- Anticipated return time to Mount St. Joseph University Campus

To register for the Habitat Shed Build

  1. To register, click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser:
  2. If you already have an account, click on the green RETURNING USER button to sign in.
  3. If you do not have an account yet, click on the green NEW USER button to create one. When prompted, enter Join Code: MSJbuilds. If you are noticing the words “All registration slots for this event are reserved”, please continue. This event is reserved for you/your group. Once you are logged in with the Join Code, this message will disappear and you will see a sign up button in place of the message. Click CONFIRM.
  4. AFTER you have created an account and SIGNED IN, click on the event link for Monday, January 15th--MLK Day Special Project. Click on the SIGN UP button, then follow the prompts to complete your registration and online waiver. Once complete, you will receive an email confirmation.

To register for the Commemorative March

To register for the BSU Leadership Luncheon on January 17th

If you have any questions about MLK programming, please contact Dr. Terri Hurdle at or 513-244-4467.