Martin Luther King Jr.

Honor Dr. King’s legacy by helping the community

William Mitchell College of Law will once again devote a week in January to building community while serving the community. Mitchell’s Second MLK Week of Service, Jan. 21–31, will include a variety of volunteer opportunities for students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families, and community members.

Martin Luther King Jr.Although members of the Mitchell community volunteer throughout the year, the MLK Week of Service, which started in 2012, is also an opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Week of Service sponsors

The Office of Multicultural Affairs
Students Together Advancing the Need for Diversity and Dialogue (STAND)
The Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF)

Volunteer opportunities include

  • Family Law Forms Training
    Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4–6 pm
    A Minnesota Justice Foundation staff attorney will provide training on how to help clients complete family law forms.
  • Feed My Starving Children
    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9:30–11:30 am
    Join us in helping to feed the world’s hungry by packaging meals that are shipped around the world.
  • Kids Against Hunger
    Thursday, Jan. 24, 6–7:30 pm
    By volunteering two hours of your time to package meals, you could create enough meals to feed one child in Minnesota and throughout the world for an entire year.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Equity and Diversity’s 100 Strong Who Care Program
    Friday, Jan. 25, 9–11 am
    Join us at Nellie Stone Elementary School as we talk to middle school students about their educational and career paths.
  • STAND for Justice dialogue
    Monday, Jan. 28, 4–5:30 pm | Conservatory
  • Mitchell’s Second Annual MLK Essay Contest
    Tuesday, Jan. 29 
    Volunteers will help 7th graders who are writing essays on how they can “take a stand.”  You’ll review the students’ drafts and give feedback that the students can incorporate into their final essay.
  • Jeremiah Program
    Wednesday, Jan. 30, 9–11 am
    The Jeremiah Program is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization using a proven, holistic approach to transform families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Volunteers will help with light cleaning and play with the children in the childcare center.
  • Be a judge for the MLK Essay Contest
    Thursday, Jan. 31
    Listen to the oral presentations and help select the winners who will deliver their speeches at the closing program on Friday, Feb. 1. Locations include Field Middle School, 4645 Fourth Ave. South, Minneapolis, 9:50–10:40 am; Olson Middle School, 1601 51st Ave. N., Minneapolis, 2:25–3:15 pm. A St. Paul school will be added.

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The week of service will end with a closing ceremony featuring Dr. Josie Johnson, a member of the Minnesota delegation to the 1963 March on Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, from 1:30 to 3 pm in the Auditorium.

In addition to providing volunteer opportunities, this year’s Week of Service will include the unveiling of a civil rights exhibit in the art gallery. The theme for the exhibit is “Building Alliances, Advocating for Equality, and STANDing for Justice: Then and Now.”

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