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MLK Day of Service

Student Participant Registration

Project Coordinator Application

Community Partner Registration

Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1957

January 18, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tulane University

This year the Tulane University will host the Annual Day of Service. Students from Dillard University, Tulane University, Loyola University of New Orleans, and the University of New Orleans will come together to engage in service learning activities with various community partners in the city. Transportation will be provided.

Be A Project Coordinator

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service committee is currently recruiting Project Coordinators for the day of service! The Project coordinators are student leaders who are responsible for leading small groups of volunteers at one of the community service sites. Please complete the following application to be considered as a Project Coordinator for the 2020 Day of Service. This application must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th, 2019.  Selected Project Coordinators will be notified by Friday, December 7th, 2019

Important Dates for PCs:

Project Coordinator Training: Friday, January 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Loyola University

Day of Service: Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (lunch will be provided for volunteers)

About Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Since the 1987 universities in the New Orleans Community have come together to sponsor an annual day of service to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By 2011 more than 1000 students from Tulane, Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University, the University of New Orleans, and Loyola University were gathering at a local university ready to serve in various sites throughout the city. The Day of Service is one of the largest annual one-day service events that brings New Orleans college students, faculty, staff, alumni and families together to spend a day on instead of taking the day off.  This partnership has modeled the level of character that Dr. King's mentioned repeatedly during the civil rights movement, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.  Our collective efforts support the ongoing goals to have a significant impact through supporting the New Orleans' Diaspora in rebuilding, renewal, and sustainability in communities we live in. This goal was emphasized after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After more than 30 years of dedicated collaboration for authentic service in the community, the Day of Service has become a New Orleans tradition.

We offer many different service learning opportunities that impact a number of issues including school & neighborhood revitalization, celebration of the arts & local culture, and so much more.  Students will be able to reserve their spot to participate during the fall semester. Please check back during that time or join our listserv for more information.

About Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace

With the inception of the official holiday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the presidents of Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana came together to form the Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace. Each year we continue to honor the legacy and reflect on the work of Dr. King in meaningful and thoughtful ways. Throughout the week a series of opportunities exist for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to engage with speakers, attend faculty lectures, participate in intergroup dialogues on social justice and civil rights issues, and volunteer in the city of New Orleans. Please check for updates on the MLK Week for Peace each spring around the first few weeks of classes. 

In their own words

“It brings students and community members together in a way that they would not normally interact and I think that is what MLK wanted. Each school pushes the other school to think more critically and look at situations from a different perspective,” Thea Celestine, Loyola Sociology student and 2014 Planning Committee Member

“We started right after the national holiday was created because we believed this holiday was not just another day off, but a “day on” to reflect, commemorate and to celebrate Dr. King’s teaching, his vision, and dream,” Carolyn Barber-Pierre, 2011 interview