DALLAS, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Many schools are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, including Misericordia University.

The college isn’t limiting the day of service to just Monday, they’re spreading Dr. King’s teachings throughout the week.

“Our institution, one of our pillars is about service and hospitality,” associate vice president for mission and institutional diversity Kas Williams said.

Misericordia University was covered with fresh snow on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. But the snow day wasn’t stopping the campus from honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King this week.

“We really want to get that theme of students supporting each other, and as you know with Dr. King he said one of life’s most persistent and urgent questions is, what are you doing for others?” Williams said.

All week long, Misericordia is holding a food drive to collect donations for the McAuley Market, a food pantry open to students, staff and faculty.

“It was actually started or created by a student on campus a couple years ago which I think is absolutely awesome,” Williams said.

Williams says there are many different ways to honor the civil rights leader’s legacy.

“I know there’s a lot of snow on the ground right now, but why don’t we shovel somebody else’s snow today after we do ours? There are many ways that you can serve,” Williams said.

The community is also encouraged to get involved virtually. Tuesday morning the university will have a keynote address given by Reverend Jennifer VonRue.

VonRue was the 2021 NAACP Community Service Award recipient and started the Black Lives Matter chapter in Wilkes-Barre.

“We think it’s very important that our students hear from her even have her speak to and address how do we become more involved, how do we help those communities that are most in need, and what’s the best approach to being an ally in our communities,” Williams said.

The week continues with other events open to students and the community. Below is a list of the week’s activities and events:

  • Monday, January 17: Campus Pantry Food Drive All Week. Students helping students by donating to the McAuley Market Food Pantry. Let’s pack the pantry with needed items for our students. Food Pantry Requested Items: Taco Dinner Kits, Jam/Jelly, Oatmeal (single serving), Easy Mac, Pop Tarts, Ravioli (canned), Apple Sauce (single serving), Ketchup, Baking Mixes, Granola Bars, Juice Boxes, Capri Sun, Coffee (Non-K-Cups), Protein Shakes, Mouthwash, Tissues, Dish Detergent, Laundry Detergent. Donations can be dropped off at the Banks Student Life Center, Rooms 112 & 115 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. (Open to the Public)
  • Tuesday, January 18: MLK Keynote Address by Speaker Rev. Jennifer “Jo” VonRue. The keynote will serve as a reflection moment in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote will be given by the Rev. Jennifer “Jo” VonRue. VonRue is the 2021 NAACP Community Service Award Recipient (Wilkes-Barre Chapter). Webinar Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/KingWeekMU. 9 a.m. to10 a.m. (Open to the Public).
  • Wednesday, January 19: King for a Day. Join our roundtable discussion as we address creating social change as it relates to a just, humane, equitable and peaceful world by applying Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy & methodology. Zoom link for this event will be available on the portal. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (MU Community Only).
  • Thursday, January 20: Movie Night: King in the Wilderness. An illuminating look at the final years in the life of civil-rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years after his assassination in Memphis. Walsh Hall, Lemmond Theater from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Open to the Public).
  • Friday, January 21: Building Community. Come and join us for a highly engaging and interactive session on how to build an inclusive community with special guest Mr. Dan Kimbrough. Bevevino Library, McGowan Room from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (MU Students Only).

For more information, contact the Office for Mission Integration & Institutional Diversity at (570) 674-1877.