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MLK Day 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. was deeply committed to serving others and helping foster a more 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.


We invite you to participate in any or all of the MLK Day opportunities to worship, fellowship, and serve throughout MLK Day weekend.

Saturday, January 19th

1:00 PM-4:00 PM: 18th Annual MLK Jr. Parade
Join us for the annual MLK Day parade! The parade will begin at the intersection of Green Dr/Meredith traveling west and ending Mendenhall Transportation Terminal on Hamilton and Commerce Street.

Sunday, January 20th

4:00 PM-5:00 PM: The Hate U Give Book Discussion in Cottrell Hall, Room 242
HPU’s AmeriCorps VISTAs will hold a book discussion on the book and film The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. If interested, join them to discuss the intersection of the book and the state of the Civil Rights as it relates to community engagement, self-policing, and police surveillance in the 21st century.

5:00 PM-7:00 PM: 5th Annual Hunger Banquet
The Bonner Leader Program is hosting the fourth annual Hunger Banquet in the International Ballroom of Cottrell Hall on the HPU campus. Please join us for an interactive discussion on hunger, poverty, class systems, and justice.

To register: click here.

If you have any questions, contact Jake Matthews at

Monday, January 21st

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 skills in the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tickets are $15 per person. Churches only can purchase tables (seats 8 people) for $100 before December 31, 2018 and $120 after. This event will be held in the High Point Community Center, across the street from Courtyard by Marriott. For more information or tickets, call New Bethel Baptist Church at 336-887-1061.

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: HPU Worship Service- Charles E. Hayworth, Sr. Memorial Chapel
The 2019 service will be at 11 am, January 21st in Hayworth Chapel. We are excited to have Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III as your keynote preacher. Dr. Moss, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was recently recognized by Baylor University as one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English- Speaking World. For more information click here to visit the Religious Life website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Themed Teach-Ins

This year, as part of HPU’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, we are providing students and faculty with educational means of service. We believe that educating ourselves on social injustice would’ve been just as important to Dr. King as direct service. The teach-in will consist of 3 rotating workshops ran by HPU professors that will center on topics of importance to Dr. King such as race and education, his time in Birmingham Jail and the activists continuing Dr. King’s legacy.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Cottrell Hall

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Cottrell Hall

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Cottrell Hall

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.

7:00 PM-11:00 PM: Film Screening of Selma in the Wanek Theatre

The 1st Showing of Selma is at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The 2nd Showing of Selma will begin at 10:00 PM

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!


In the last four 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 or have a volunteer project you wish to have considered, contact our AmeriCorps VISTA at HPU, Nia Macfarlane by emailing her


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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