UB Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month
The University of Bridgeport is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month in the best way possible – with education and service.
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 the public, as well as all UB students, faculty and staff.
January 18 - February 28
Serve From Where You Are
While we cannot be together for our traditional days of service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need more than ever in communities across the country who could use your support! Consider ways that you can utilize your skills and resources to serve from where you are, whether that is in person or virtually.
Faith in the Dream Panel
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 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.
Justice in the Nutmeg State with University Of Bridgeport Alum, Judge Sheridan Moore
Judge Sheridan Moore ‘75 will share her experiences in public service holding a variety of assignments in the Connecticut Judicial system. This event will celebrate the work of MLK and create space for meaningful dialogue that will expand on the conversation of equity.
History of Little Liberia
Maisa Tisdale, Director of the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, will share important history of the South End. "Little Liberia" (known as Ethiope, then Liberia in the 1800s) was a seafaring community of free people of color, boasting a luxurious seaside resort hotel for wealthy Blacks (cited in a letter to Frederick Douglass), Bridgeport’s first free lending library, a school for colored children, businesses, fraternal organizations, and churches.