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January 13, 2016

Wesleyan to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

West Virginia Wesleyan College will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Several Wesleyan offices have teamed up to offer a comprehensive program celebrating the life of this incredible man who impacted American history beyond the civil rights movement.  In the spirit of Dr. King, the Wesleyan campus will be celebrating his legacy by making it a “day on” to serve and reflect, rather than a “day off.”  Dr. King famously said, “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

On Monday, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to package 600 food boxes for World Vision.  One box can feed a family of four for a day and will be sent across the state and country to families living with food insecurity.  Fifty volunteers are needed each half hour from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and also from 4:30-6 p.m. to pack the boxes while learning about food insecurity, poverty, and World Vision’s mission.  If you would like to pack the food boxes, please call 304-473-8165 with the number of people and the half hour time you would like to volunteer.  The packaging event will be held in the side dining halls of the French A. See Dining Center, located in the Benedum Campus Center.

The celebration will continue on Monday evening as the campus and community come together in Wesley Chapel for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worship Service at 7 p.m.  The service will feature musical selections by students and a sermon given by Pastor John R. Faison from Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. 

The following day, college student leaders will host roundtable discussions around modern controversies.  Topics include the Black Lives Matter movement, service and white privilege, “But I have a black friend!,” the Syrian refugee crisis, and many more. 

“We are honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at West Virginia Wesleyan College,” said Robert Quarles, director of multicultural affairs.  “Dr. King’s message of equality, social justice, and full inclusion are still very relevant today in the United States.  Wesleyan has a long history of social justice and service, and we want to celebrate that history while facing the challenges of our future with open-mindedness, respect for diverging opinions, and peacefulness in our hearts.”

The meal packaging and worship services are free and open to the public. 

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