On Monday January 16 and Tuesday January 17, Drew University celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life of service.

Events kicked off on Monday, January 16, with a screening and discussion of Freedom Summer. This 1-hour documentary highlighted the work of the civil rights movement in Mississippi to organize communities and register black voters–in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death. Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in this historic effort.  Following the film, students joined together with faculty for discussion groups.

The viewing and discussions launched the “Drew Freedom School Project” that will continue throughout the semester under the direction of Dr. Kesha Moore. The Drew University Freedom School Project, patterned after the free schools for African Americans of the Civil Rights Movement, will promote informed conversation and provide practical tools in order to further social equity and justice within marginalized and oppressed communities.

On Tuesday, January 17, Drew faculty, staff and students answered the call of Dr. King’s enduring question: “What are you doing for others?” by participating in off-campus and on-campus service opportunities to benefit Drew’s local surrounding communities.  From 8:00-12:30 students volunteered at such places as the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Morris Habitat for Humanity, Market Street Mission Thrift Store, and the Interfaith Food Pantry.

From 2:00-3:30, students came to the Ehinger Center for on-campus service.

  • Stuff-A-Sock with Toiletries, sponsored by the Drew Staff Association, to benefit the Morristown Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center
  • Decorating Pillow Cases, sponsored by Student Government, to benefit Morristown Neighborhood House
  • Hand making Books for Preschool Aged Kids, sponsored by the President’s Office, to benefit the Salvation Army, United Way and Neighborhood House
  • Putting together New Neighbors School Success Project (school supplies) kits sponsored by the CRCC to benefit the International Rescue Committee
  • A Book Drive for At Risk Youth, sponsored by the MAT Program, to benefit Visions and Pathways