January 18, 2008

Good Morning:

Next week we will once again celebrate the life and message of one of history's most inspiring leaders when Tulane joins with Dillard, Loyola and Xavier Universities to present the 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace. Under the theme "Are you Engaged? What Do You Stand For?" the week will appropriately begin with a Community Service Day, Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newcomb Quad will be the staging area for this day of service which will include building homes for Habitat for Humanity, helping construct the Stallings Kaboom Playground, cleaning up neighborhoods, painting and
renovating Carver and Douglass High Schools, helping to restore wetlands and more. To register as a volunteer for this day of service visit

On Monday, Jan. 21, the day on which Dr. King's birthday is observed, there will be an Interfaith Service from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Loyola's campus. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Dillard University will host the MLK Convocation from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawless Memorial Chapel. The evening will include a welcoming reception, the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement and Student Community Service honors and a special presentation by BET commentator and social activist Jeff Johnson.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the annual Candlelight March, one of the most evocative ceremonies of the Week for Peace, will begin at 4:45 p.m. in Tulane's Pocket Park (next to the Lavin-Bernick Center). The march will end at Xavier University in time for the Expressions of Unity celebration that will begin at 6:30 p.m.

I know this is a busy time for all of us, but I hope you will be able to participate in at least one of these special events to help ensure that Dr. King's dream and transformative message becomes a living reality.

Have a great weekend,


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