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The University of Bridgeport is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month in the best way possible – with education and service.
This event will be held virtually utilizing zoom teleconferencing service. The goal of the event is to showcase how local faith leaders from diverse backgrounds keep alive MLK’s vision through advocacy and service to underprivileged and a commitment to racial and economic justice.
Moderator: Pastor Aaron Best, St. Matthew Baptist Church, Bridgeport
For the past 15 years, MLK Day has been a Day of Service here at UB, with students engaging in community projects in Bridgeport and beyond. This volunteer work is an active method for students to honor Dr. King’s life and principles, to practice racial and economic justice, and to care for those in need.
Learning about social justice and widespread inequities is an important piece of the program this year. “I hope we are able to help students and the community understand how to be in service to the community,” says Director of Civic Engagement Melanie Strout. “It’s not just charitable acts, but education that will create the systemic change we need to better the world.”
The days of service range from January 18th to February 28th, and this year during the pandemic, the university will offer and suggest ways that students can utilize their skills and resources to serve from where they are, including virtually. Panels and moderated discussions will take place throughout the month to highlight how MLK’s vision plays out in the justice system and in faith-based communities.
Events are open to all UB students, faculty, and staff.
Questions? Please reach out to the Office of Multicultural Affairs at email@example.com or call 203-576-4175.