Berkeley College Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Service Projects and Special Events in New Jersey and New York

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Photo Caption: In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, Berkeley College students perform service projects in Paramus and Woodland Park, New Jersey by creating no-sew fleece security blankets for Project Linus, a charity organization that distributes the blankets to critically ill children. Working on the racecar blanket is Joshua Henry of Dumont, NJ, and working on the basketball blanket are (left) Eneyda de Dios of Paterson, NJ, and Zoe Patterson of Elmwood Park, NJ.

As colleges across the country commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Berkeley College students, faculty and staff are celebrating Dr. King’s birthday and the impact of the slain Civil Rights leader on humanity, with outreach projects, dialogue activities and special events that will continue through January 22.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities in New Jersey:

In New Jersey, Berkeley College Students in Paramus and Woodland Park made and donated blankets to Project Linus, for children in distress resulting from serious illness or other trauma.  At Berkeley College in Woodbridge, there will be a presentation titled “Non-Violence and the Buddhism Connection” at the Student Center on Tuesday, January 19. The program will attempt to explain Rev. King’s non-violence stance on civil disobedience and show similarities with various Buddhist philosophies.

The Berkeley College community in Clifton is collecting nonperishable food and baby items for women and children in need at the Oasis Women’s Shelter in Paterson. The Berkeley College communities in Dover and Newark will provide their service to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside on Friday, January 22. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programs at New York Campuses:

New York City Students will Envision their “Dreams” 
At Berkeley College in New York City, a participatory program called “I Have a Dream: See the Dream; Be the Dream,” will take place in the Student Activity Center on Tuesday, January 19.  Students will create and share their vision boards to learn what it takes to be an agent for social change for themselves, others, and their communities. The dialogue portion of the program will highlight what it takes to achieve these dreams and turn vision into actions through leadership and service. 

Students will Host Civil Rights Jeopardy in White Plains
The Black Student Union at Berkeley College in White Plains will host a Civil Rights Jeopardy competition on Tuesday, January 19. The aim of this social and educational activity is to learn about the civil rights movement in the United States.

Viewing of Selma to be followed by discussion on “The Legacy of Dr. King” for students in Brooklyn
In Brooklyn, faculty and students will discuss “The Legacy of Dr. King,” following a showing of the movie Selma on Tuesday, January 19. Topics will include the Selma voting rights protest, the march from Selma to Montgomery, the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the leadership of Dr. King, recognizing his life and his significance in American culture and history. The group will also be visiting St John’s Bread and Life to assist in their soup kitchen on Friday, January 22.

Coming next month: In celebration of Black History Month, a special event will be hosted by the Berkeley College Online® Book Club on Tuesday, February 23, at 11:30 a.m., featuring a live speaking engagement and simultaneous broadcast from all campuses, with author of “Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home,” Dr. Sampson Davis.  Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective – as an emergency room doctor on the front line in the community where he grew up.  Virtual discussions take place on the Berkeley College Goodreads group starting Monday, February 8 and continue until Sunday, February 21.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year.  The website address


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