Mount St. Joseph University

What Are You Doing for Others?

Dateline: student newspaper

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: black student union, day of service, habitat for humanity, martin luther king jr., martin luther king jr. day

MLK Day of Service

The Mount has always been an institution that, through the dedication of its members, serves the common good and advocates for social justice. This can be seen clearly in the unique way the Mount celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In 2019, the holiday theme will be “Our Beloved Community,” and the Black Student Union as well as Habitat for Humanity and members of the Mount faculty/staff will once again provide opportunities for the community to not only celebrate the life and ideals of Dr. King, but to put them into action.

The Black Student Union (BSU) hosts their Leadership Luncheon (Jan. 23) and participates in the MLK Commemorative Civil Rights March (Jan. 21) in downtown Cincinnati every year. This year, they have also decided to add a movie night. On Jan, 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Harrington Food Court, there will be a screening of The Hate U Give, a recent film which deals with issues of police brutality and systemic racial inequality writ large. BSU President Toria Black says the movie night is an opportunity for students and faculty/staff “to participate in a conversation about Dr. King’s dream and what we can do to keep his dream alive.”

Beginning in 2015, the Mount has facilitated an MLK Day of Service every year. On Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can join the Commemorative March and also lend their services to Habitat for Humanity’s shed-building service project. Since its inception, roughly 15 Habitat sheds have been built for the community. “This was Dr. King’s vision for humanity,” says Keith Lanser, Manager of Service Learning & Civic Engagement. “He envisioned a world without racism, without poverty, and without homelessness.”

If you believe in the message and mission of Dr. King, consider taking part in these events that give you the chance to walk alongside him.

Registration for the luncheon and movie night is available by contacting Toria Black at Toria.Black@msj.edu. To register for the march, visit https://bit.ly/2IYFCLM. Visit https://bit.ly/2ynmuD7 to register for the shed build.