HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 6, 2014 – High Point University will honor the life and work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a worship service in his honor and by engaging with the community in numerous service projects.
HPU’s Annual MLK Service; free and open to public
The annual service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 in the Hayworth Chapel and will stream at www.highpoint.edu/live.
Honoring the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the service will feature a sermon from Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, assistant research professor of Black Church Studies and director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School. Turman is the youngest woman to be ordained by the Abyssinian Baptist Church and is the second woman to preside over the ordinances in the Abyssinian’s 205-year history. She and other noteworthy clergy and scholars from across the country will offer messages of hope, inspiration and peace.
Music will be provided by Dr. Louise Toppin, soprano, and the Genesis Gospel Choir. Toppin is an international performer and has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Sweden, England and Spain. In addition to her performance schedule, Toppin is a professor and chair of the Voice Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as the artistic director and president of the arts organization VIDEMUS.
A Day On, Not Off
In addition to the annual event that honors King’s life and work, HPU students and faculty will spend “A Day On, Not Off” giving back to the community by holding service projects throughout the city.
The projects include:
• Renovate the Community Writing Center – Students and faculty will paint, clean and renovate the house used for the Community Writing Center according to the interior design created by Service Learning students. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Serve Lunch at Open Door Ministries – Students and faculty will prepare and serve lunch to area homeless. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Field Day at Hartley YMCA – Students and faculty will participate in sports and games with elementary children in the community. 12:30 to 4 p.m.
• Read In at Hartley YMCA – Students and faculty will lead elementary age children in reading and writing activities centered around MLK. 12:30 to 4 p.m.
• Landscaping at West End Ministries – Students and faculty will help beautify the land around this important nonprofit. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Renovation at West End Ministries – Students and faculty will sort clothes and build shelves in Leslie’s House clothing closet to make clothing more accessible. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Wall Painting at West End Ministries – Students and faculty will paint the hallways in West End Ministries. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Paint Community Center at West End Ministries – Students and faculty will help brighten community center with a fresh coat of paint. 12:30 to 5 p.m.
• Fill Backpacks at the Phi Mu House in HPU’s Greek Village – Students and faculty will fill backpacks with school supplies for students at Jefferson Elementary School. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Landscaping at Carl Chavis YMCA – Students and faculty will help beautify the exterior of the Carl Chavis YMCA. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Food Drive and Road Clean-Up at Ark of Safety Preschool – Students and faculty will pick up litter along the streets surrounding the preschool and will set up a food drive outside of the local grocery store. The food will be donated to Open Door Ministries. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Zumba-thon and other activities at the Macedonia Family Resource Center – The afternoon starts with an hour o Zumba for children and adults. Afterward, families will make fleece blankets for community members. The day will end with a film about justice and a forum discussion about social justice issues. 12:30 to 5 p.m.
• Shelf Building at the Macedonia Family Resource Center – Students and faculty will build and mount shelves at the center. 12:30 to 5 p.m.
• Gardening at High Point Central High School – HPU students and faculty will help high school students begin their school garden by mulching and building raised beds. 12:30 to 5 p.m.
• Lobby Restoration at High Point Central High School – Students and faculty will paint the Gothic designs that fill the high school’s auditorium lobby to brighten and restore the space. 12:30 to 5 p.m.
• Stop Hunger Now! At HPU’s Slane Student Center – Students and faculty will package meals to be sent all over the world to people in need. 1 to 2:45 p.m., and 3 to 4:45 p.m.
• Landscaping at Open Door Ministries – Students and faculty will cut down weeds and clean up the building’s exterior. 1 to 4:30 p.m.
• Roadway Clean-Up in the City of High Point – Students and faculty will beautify roads throughout the city. 1 to 5 p.m.
• Deep Cleaning at Open Door Ministries – Students and faculty will clean the indoor facilities. 1 – 4:30 p.m.
• Deep Kitchen Cleaning at Open Door Ministries – Students and faculty will clean the kitchen and dining area of the shelter. 1 to 4 p.m.
• Food Pantry Organization at Open Door Ministries – Students and faculty will organize the food pantry. 1 to 4:30 p.m.
• Gardening at HPU – Students and faculty will plant flower bulbs in the various gardens on campus. 1 to 4 p.m.
“While HPU students commit 100,000 hours of volunteer service throughout the year, the MLK Day of Service offers the unique opportunity to have over 400 students, faculty and community members volunteer together,” says Dr. Joe Blosser, the Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning. “Together we will create community gardens. Together we will repaint community centers. Together we will tutor children. Together we will honor Dr. King because together we will show our commitment to social justice here in High Point.”