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Brooklyn Campus Helps Make MLK Day a 'Day On, Not a Day Off

Campus students and dozens of other volunteers to take part in ‘Day of Service’ celebration in Flatbush

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Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, students with the Jumpstart program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will be among 80 volunteers taking part in an MLK Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

The event at Grace Reformed Church’s Grace Chapel, located at 1800 Bedford Ave., will focus on the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement he played such an integral role in. It is sponsored by Long Island University, Jumpstart and the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association.

The program will consist of volunteers reading books with local families to recall the words of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and other civil rights leaders; children reciting Dr. King’s speeches; and singing and dancing by Harmonic Insurgence, a Brooklyn-based, multi-racial chorus, and the Imani and Grace Devotional Dancers.

Youngsters who recite lines from one of Dr. King’s speeches will receive a children’s book, donated by Daddy’s Basement Books and the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. Jumpstart is a national early childhood education & literacy non-profit organization.

Deborah Mutnick, an English professor and the director of the writing program at the Brooklyn Campus, organized the event, paid for by a NY Campus Compact MLK Challenge Grant.

“The response was overwhelming,” she said. “We hoped for 50 volunteers and got twice that many, including 20 high school girls from Nashville, Tennessee!”

For public transportation to the event at Grace Reformed Church, take the Q/B subway line to Prospect Park or Parkside Avenue, or the B41 bus to Lincoln Road.

For more information, contact info@plgna.org or deborah.mutnick@liu.edu or call (718) 488-1110.

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Posted 01/14/2011

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