Service Learning

MLK Day 2016


Thank you to the over 600 people who volunteered and the thousands more who worshiped, advocated, marched, and came together to make this year’s MLK Day a truly historic one in High Point!


Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply committed to serving others and helping foster a most just society. Every year, thousands of people across the United States come together to honor Dr. King through service projects, scholarship opportunities, and worship services. High Point University and the surrounding community are growing their partnership to make MLK Day a day on rather than a day off.


Here are all the events that happened this past MLK Day!

We invite you to participate in any or all of the MLK Day opportunities to worship, fellowship, and serve throughout MLK Day weekend. You can use #MLKDayHPU on all social media to document the weekend.

Saturday, January 16

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: 15th Annual MLK Jr. Parade
Join us for the annual MLK Day parade! The parade will begin at the intersection of Green Dr/Meredith and end at Hamilton in front of City Hall. Join us after the parade at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal for the ceremonial unveiling of the MLK Drive sign!

5:00 PM-7:00 PM: Documentary Screening- Living on a Dollar
The Bonner Leader Program is hosting a documentary screening of “Living on a Dollar” followed by a panel discussion. Please join us in Phillips 120 on the HPU campus for this screening and discussion.

8:00 PM-10:00 PM: Cre8ive Niche presents: BRING IT
Cre8ive Niche is hosting BRING IT, a family-friendly open mic night and poetry slam. Join us at ARTZ at the Ritz (709 Washington Drive, High Point, NC 27260).

 Sunday, January 17

5:00 PM-7:00 PM: 2nd Annual Hunger Banquet
The Bonner Leader Program is hosting the second annual Hunger Banquet in the Wilson Commerce Ballroom at the HPU campus. Please join us for an interactive discussion on hunger, poverty, class systems, and justice. Click here to register yourself or your group to attend.

Monday, January 18

8:00 AM-11:00 AM: Annual Breakfast and Oratorical Competition
Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving high school seniors from the High Point community who demonstrate excellent moral, academic, and civic leadership in the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are $15 per person. Churches can purchase tables (seats 8 people) for $100 before December 25, 2015 and $120 after. For more information or tickets, call New Bethel Baptist Church at 336-887-1061. No tickets will be sold at the door.

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: HPU Worship Service- Charles E. Hayworth, Sr. Memorial Chapel
For more information click here to visit the Religious Life website.

6:00 PM- 8:30 PM: Evening Worship Service and Celebration at Williams Memorial CME Church
The evening service will be a worship experience filled with songs of praise, awarding of scholarships, and a spirit-filled message from Bishop John Bryant. He is the senior Bishop of the AME Church and the Presiding Prelate of the 4th Episcopal District.

Service Projects: various times, various locations
HPU students, staff and faculty, and community non-profit agencies, churches, schools, and individuals have worked hard to develop service opportunities throughout the City of High Point. To read about the service opportunities and sign up, click on the Volunteer Now button!

Volunteer Registration is now closed.



In the last two years, with the help of over 1000 volunteers we served on 70 projects at over 20 different locations throughout High Point. We want to add to this legacy of service, and we hope you’ll be involved. To see a highlight of all that we were able to do in the community in the last few years, take a look at the links below.

“A Day On, Not Off”

Storify of MLK projects and photos

For additional photos of the day, check out our Facebook page.


 For volunteer registration questions, contact Victoria Binder, AmeriCorps VISTA at HPU,

If you have a volunteer project you wish to have considered, contact Erin Karpovich, AmeriCorps VISTA at HPU,


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