NewsJan 22, 2020

Lesley honors MLK with Day of Service

Students exhorted to continue the work of the ‘radical Dr. King’

group photo inside a building after volunteering
Above: Lesley students, alumni, faculty and staff joined the Day of Service.

Lesley students, alumni, faculty and staff honored the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday with our annual Day of Service.

Lilu Barbosa, our chief diversity officer, welcomed and exhorted the Lesley community members before they set out to volunteer with other community members in Cambridge’s Central Square.

Speaking of King, Barbosa said, “People talk about him being a leader, a pastor, a community organizer. We also hear people describe him as the 'radical Dr. King.'”

Young woman squats against a wall in a performance
Patricka James ’21 performs in the opening ceremony for the Day of Service.

While that moniker is less prevalent, it is significant, said Barbosa, who described radical as a person who does something unprecedented. He challenged the crowd to do the same and to continue the work that King couldn’t, due to his assassination.

“We have to carry on that work as individuals, as a collective,” Barbosa said.

Following Barbosa, graduate students Patricka James ’21 and Corrine Mina ’21 gave a brief performance before the volunteers joined the Cambridge community for an afternoon of service, where they made Valentine’s Day cards for the military, senior citizens and homeless shelters; helped to assemble personal care kits for people in need and heard from community leaders.

Valentine's Day cards strung up on a wall
Lesley volunteers created Valentine's Day cards to be given to the military, people at homeless shelters and senior citizens.

The Day of Service was organized by the Office of Community Service.

See photos from the Day of Service on Facebook.