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Student participating in MLK day at blue jacket.

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For close to two decades, the University of Saint Francis has celebrated the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with “A Day On, Not a Day Off” event model. This has usually followed a format consisting of a keynote speech/large group activity and service projects both on and off campus. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s activities will stretch across an entire WEEK at both our Fort Wayne and​ Crown Point sites. A task force consisting of students, faculty and staff was assembled and met to organize the week’s activities.

Consistent with activities of previous years, USF will recognize MLK Day (January 20, 2020) as a day of service with students, faculty and staff participating in projects on campus and around the local area. As there are no classes at USF on this day, this is an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to Dr. King’s life by emulating his dedication to service and compassion for others. For more information about this year’s Day of Service or our MLK Week events, please contact Paul Porter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, at 260-399-7700 ext. 6304.

Monday, January 20, 2020 – All are invited to join us!

Time Event
9 a.m.
USF Crown Point Only
Linus Project
USF Crown Point, Room 148

St. Jude’s House
Students can write welcome messages of inspiration to the women or children.

12 p.m. Registration (North Campus Foyer)
12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. Transition to Service sites
1 – 4 p.m. Service Projects on and off campus. Register today for service projects.

On Campus (USF North Campus Gym, 2702 Spring St.):

  • Linus Blanket Making
  • Bread for the World Letter Writing
  • Kindness Rocks Project

Off Campus

  • Fort Wayne Rescue Treasure House (TBA)
  • Project 216 (3020 Congressional Parkway, Suite C)
  • American Red Cross (1212 E. California Road)
  • Vincent Village (TBA)
  • Friends of the Third World (611 W. Wayne Street)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Store (1600 South Calhoun Street)
  • Blue Jacket (2826 Calhoun Street)
  • Little Rivers Wetlands (5000 Smith Road)
  • Destiny Rescue (10339 Dawsons Creek Blvd. Ste. C)
  • Fort Wayne MLK Club (Grand Wayne Convention Center)
  • A Mother’s Hope (5322 N. Clinton St.)
7 p.m. Critical Conversations: Love is Stronger Than Hate
North Campus Auditorium

Speaker: Chris Singleton is a professional baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs, and a man on a greater mission than just hitting home runs. He is an inspirational speaker that has been featured on ESPN’s E:60, Sports Illustrated magazine, USA Today, and more. His mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was murdered along with eight other victims at Mother Emanuel AME church in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 by a racist white supremacist. Chris inspired his city and the nation by him forgiving the young man who murdered his mother and stating that “Love is stronger than hate.” Chris inspires his audiences of all ages through teaching the power of forgiveness and his personal experiences of adversity at such a young age. After hearing Chris speak you will feel inspired to love more, do more, and treat others the way you want to be treated.

Tuesday, January 21
3 p.m.
USF Crown Point Only
Movie Night: Barry
USF Crown Point, Room 148
7 p.m. Movie Night: Selma
Jefferson Pointe AMC

Join us for a viewing of the critically acclaimed film Selma. The film chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. campaign to secure equal voting rights and iconic march from Selma to Montgomery culminating in President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Wednesday, January 22
11 a.m.
USF Crown Point Only
Denise Dillard
USF Crown Point, Room 148

Tying together Nursing and Service

6 p.m. Pizza & Politics: Evaluating Dr. King’s Dream
Cougar Den

It’s been over a half-century since the United States signed the landmark Civil Rights Act. Yet, we still find ourselves asking questions. Has Dr. King’s dream materialized or was it simply a brief vision? How has America benefited from arguably its most impactful 10 years? Does American take this decade on internal strife for granted? Dr. Cliff Buttram and Dr. Thomas Schneider will sit with members of the Fort Wayne MLK Club to ponder these questions and engage audience members in a fascinating discussion.

Thursday, January 23
5 p.m. Faces of My People: Margaret Burroughs Art Exhibit Tour
Fort Wayne Museum of Art

American artist Margaret Burroughs found her voice as an educator, poet, community organizer, and visual artist. She was an advocate for African American representation in public history, literature and art when its presence was limited or non-existent. Burroughs’ work in the visual arts took the form of painting, some sculpture, and a large body of relief prints. This exhibition celebrates her contributions to Chicago’s cultural life, explores her work from a creative perspective.

Friday, January 24
7 p.m. MLK Trivia Night
Cougar Den

Come test your knowledge of Dr. King’s life and the civil rights movement. Free food, prizes and fun!

Sunday, January 26
5:30 p.m. Community Dinner, Mass and Creative Writing Contest
Achatz 301 & Chapel

Join us for a community dinner and the announcement of our creative writing contest winners. Mass will follow in the Chapel.