Berkeley College Celebrates Life of Martin Luther King Jr. through Service, Dialogue

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Photo Caption: Berkeley College will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. through community service and special events in January 2017. Among the activities, students and staff will again create no-sew blankets for Project Linus.


As the nation prepares to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Berkeley College students, faculty and staff will celebrate the impact of the civil rights leader through community service and special events that will continue through January 2017.

“I Have a Dream” Listening Party – January 9, 2017

Berkeley College in Woodland Park will listen to and discuss Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in The Atrium of Renaissance Hall. The event is part of a week-long celebration titled Remember. Act. Celebrate.

Project Linus Blanket Service Initiative – January 11, 2017

Berkeley College in Woodland Park will create no-sew fleece security blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that distributes the blankets to critically ill children. The project will continue all day in The Atrium of Renaissance Hall.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King – January 12, 2017

Students at Berkeley College in Woodland Park can stop by The Atrium of Renaissance Hall at 5 p.m. to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday with cupcakes and take information about the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

The Significance of Non-Violent Disobedience – January 12, 2017

Berkeley College in Woodbridge will host an open discussion on Dr. King’s leadership style and impact on social change from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Student Center.

Day of Service at John Hancock Playground – January 14, 2017

Students from Berkeley College in Brooklyn will care for trees in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area by irrigating the soil and preparing the trees for winter. Students will meet at the campus at 8 a.m.

Family Friendly Food Pantry Kit Assembly – January 16, 2017

Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan and Brooklyn will partner with the Bed-Stuy Campaign against Hunger (BSCAH) and Repair the World NYC to assemble food kit bags for the BSCAH Food Pantry. The kits will be assembled from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

Movie Night in Brooklyn: “Fences” – January 17, 2017

Berkeley College students will visit BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, for a 5 p.m. screening “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington. The movie is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson.

A Discussion on Living Your Dreams – January 18, 2017

The Berkeley College Student Government Association in Brooklyn will discuss the impact of the “I Have a Dream” speech and how it impacts youth in setting dreams and aspirations at 1 p.m. 

Open Arms Men’s Shelter Service Initiative – January 19, 2017

Students at Berkeley College in White Plains will serve meals at the Open Arms Men’s Shelter in White Plains, NY, from 5 to 6 p.m. A donation from Berkeley College will purchase 60 meals for those in need at the shelter.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – January 20, 2017

Berkeley College students and staff from the Dover and Newark locations will serve patrons at the Community FoodBank in Hillside, NJ, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“Selma” Screening – Through January 31, 2017

The Berkeley College Online® Film Club will watch and discuss the movie “Selma,” which chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr. King led a campaign to secure equal voting rights. Students and staff can view the movie through the internal Blackboard platform through the end of the month.

Special Book Selections – Through January 31, 2017

Berkeley College Libraries will offer special reading lists in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Click here to search the Berkeley College Library for these and books about other current events.



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