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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Week posterNIU’s 2015 third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Week will take place the week of Jan. 19.

The week will promote civic reflection, community service, equality and diversity awareness throughout campus and in the community.

In preparation, DeKalb and Sycamore students in middle school and high school will have the opportunity to write down their dreams for diversity and equity in society on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Wall.

The Dream Wall will be placed at DeKalb High School, Sycamore Middle School, Clinton Rosette Middle School and Huntley Middle School between Friday, Jan. 9, and Wednesday, Jan. 14.

The wall will be reconnected the following week and displayed during the various Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events to create a place where students can come together and reflect.

The School Supply Drive, hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership Development Office (SILD), will take place throughout the entire week. Drop off donations at the SILD office lobby (Campus Life Building 150) until Friday, Jan. 23.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Week events

  • From 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, and Wednesday, Jan. 21, a MLK-themed dinner will be served at Feed’Em Soup, 112 S. First St. in DeKalb. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
  • Beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial March. The march will begin outside of Stevenson North and end in the MLK Memorial Commons. Hot chocolate will be provided following the march in the Duke Ellington Ballroom in the Holmes Student Center.
  • Student organization Men of Vision, Excellence, and Empowerment (MOVE) will host an open “think tank” discussion titled “The Lost Art of Civil Disobedience: Selma to Ferguson” at 7 p.m. in the ballroom.
  • Various NIU student groups will offer MLK-themed performances and concerts from 7 to 19 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the ballroom.
  • A breakfast sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the Office of the President will be served at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the ballroom. Leroy Mitchell will be the keynote speaker at this event, which is free and open to all students. RSVPs are required by Friday, Jan. 16, to engage@niu.edu.

Interested in participating in any of these events? Contact Katie Birkey at kbirkey2@niu.edu or Lucero Martinez at lmartinez4@niu.edu for more information.

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