Community conversations, volunteer opportunities headline Hanover’s MLK Day activities

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Hanover College will commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17, with “Building the Beloved Community,” an offering of virtual conversations and community volunteer activities.

William Rodriguez, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Bethune-Cookman University, will lead “Call to Community,” a virtual reflection and discussion of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The interactive event, which includes a video presentation of King’s moving 1963 address in Washington, D.C., is open to the public, free of charge.

Bethune-Cookman professor William Rodriguez
William Rodriguez, Ph.D.

“Call to Community” will begin at 10 a.m. To register, contact the Hanover Office of Multicultural Affairs at (812) 866-7025. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Rodriguez, who has served the Bethune-Cookman faculty since 2008, has research interests that include human rights, religion and violence, just war theory and pacifism, liberation theology, economic/political theory and Catholic moral theology, among many others. He has co-edited an ethics textbook and has authored various articles and chapters on ethics, political theory, popular culture, philosophy and religion. He is currently engaged in a writing project comparing the work and impact of Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero.

As part of “Building the Beloved Community,” Hanover’s students, employees and alumni will also participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities on campus and in the local community throughout the day.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., volunteers will help support the Jefferson County (Ind.) House of Hope’s mission to provide services for local families in need. Volunteers will sort food items and prepare the pantry at the Clearinghouse in Madison, Ind. (100 East Second Street, Suite H).

From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hanover students, employees and alumni will gather in Lynn Hall to organize contributions and prepare a “free store” for students. Opportunities will continue in the afternoon (1-5 p.m.) as volunteers will contribute their time at the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office, Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Jefferson County and Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Meanwhile, activities will also be held on campus to create “care cards” for senior citizens and healthcare workers, and raise funds to support Looking Back, Moving Forward, a campus-originated non-profit organization to improve the quality of life for families in Sierra Leone.

“Building the Beloved Community” complete schedule of events

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