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Boston area colleges celebrate MLK Day with service

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 12, 2012 01:28 PM

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Local universities are celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this weekend with ceremonies and service projects for students, faculty and neighbors.

Northeastern University will welcome neighbors from surrounding communities to its annual convocation honoring King at Blackman Auditorium Friday. The ceremony, which begins at 11:45 a.m. will celebrate King and diversity in the community with a series of speeches, including remarks by City Councilor Tito Jackson, who represents Roxbury and parts of Fenway.

The school is also working with community groups and non-profits to host a day of service for students Monday. Some of the projects students will work on include painting murals for the Patrick Kennedy Elementary School; decorating folders used by children learning to read; and recording books on tape for Jumpstart’s early childhood education programs.

More than 100 students at Wheelock College will kick off the school’s first MLK Day of Service by heading to preschools in Dorchester, Mission Hill, and Roxbury to create bulletin boards featuring service opportunities, label items in languages spoken by children’s families at home, and hang pictures representing diversity in the classroom.

The Museum of Fine Arts will also offer free admission Monday and host a series of special events, including story hour, a showcase of films by local youth, and a performance by the Perkins School for the Blind Chorus.

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