Each year, faculty and students, join together to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service and education.

The History of MLK Day at St. Norbert College

20132012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005  |  2004  |  2003  |  2002

2013
Description of Programs
On January 14, one week before the official MLK Day, SNC hosted its 5th annual MLK Day of Service. There were 221 student, staff and faculty participants providing 357 hours of service – a new record! This year’s activities included two on-campus projects, six community projects and presentations at four elementary schools. Two new activities included 29 ESL students volunteering at the nearby International School and many staff writing letters of thanks to people serving in the military.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 staff from St. Norbert College joined in to help organize the Annual Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday at NWTC. The theme this year was “Advancing the Dream Together: What is My Role?” which included a musical performance by SNC students as well as many other activities.

During Sacred Hour, Jan. 23, Dr. Michael Lukens shared a powerful reflection entitled, “What are You Doing for Others” that linked his experience in the civil rights movement to what we are doing today.  
2012
 
MLK Day volunteers building closet for EPH
 
St. Norbert volunteers build a storage unit at a transitional living home for the Ecumenical Partnership for Housing.
Description of Programs
Once again this year, activities to honor King took place both on and off campus, as well as before, on, and after the national holiday. On the Saturday before King’s national holiday, St. Norbert College, along with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, United Hmong and Asian American Community Center, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and community volunteers organized the 17th annual Brown County Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  The theme was “Reflecting Back, Looking Forward” and the event featured community speakers, dance and music performances from a variety of cultures, and essay and poster contest winners from area schools. 


Prior to the day of service, an on-campus collection of mittens, gloves and socks was organized to benefit Howe Neighborhood Family Resource Center. More than 90 items were donated to the center. On the holiday itself, around 90 faculty and staff, as well as more than 70 students, participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. These members of the St. Norbert College community gave presentations on acceptance and inclusion of all people to second graders, sorted canned goods and donated household items to provide resources for low-income families, served lunch to 134 homeless individuals, shelled 2.5 bushels of corn at a sustainable farm, assembled packets and viewed an educational video at a local parenting/childcare education facility and built a storage unit at a transitional living home. Community partners this year included the NEW Community Shelter, Paul’s Pantry, Fort Howard Elementary School, Tsuynhehkwa Farm, Westwood Elementary School, Howe Neighborhood Family Resource Center, House of Hope, Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, Notre Dame Elementary School, and St. Vincent de Paul Store.  Thirteen blankets were made by college volunteers on-campus and by college volunteers and apartment residents at Nicolet Highland Apartments. These blankets were donated to the House of Hope, a shelter for homeless women, aged 18-24, who are pregnant or parenting, and their children.

On the Wednesday following the holiday, a reflection was held on the day of service at a Common Gathering based on the theme “Making a Career out of Humanity.” Participants were invited to collaborate on an innovative art project, “The Tools of My Trade,” by sharing something that symbolizes their history of service, their personal giftedness, or the work that they do in the world. The Rev. Jim Neilson, O.Praem, arranged the objects in a display in Michels Commons. 

The following events were offered during Black History month:

  • Riverside University High School Gospel Choir featured during Sacred Song
  • "What's our Freedom Ride Today?" Film “American Experience: Freedom Riders” and Panel Discussion following film
  • Spoken Word Hip Hop Performance featuring First Wave Group from the University of Wisconsin Madison, "Black American in History"
  • Soul Food Dinner Celebration
    Keynote Speaker: Christy Clark-Pujara, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Step Performance featuring: Alpha Phi alpha Fraternity Inc. Zeta Iota Chapter - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2011
MLK Day volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Store
St. Norbert volunteers at a the
St. Vincent de Paul Store.
Description of Programs
This year, activities to honor King took place both on and off campus, as well as before, on, and after the national holiday. On the Saturday before King’s national holiday, St. Norbert College, along with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, co-sponsored the 16th annual Brown County Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  The event featured community speakers, dance and music performances from a variety of cultures, and essay and poster contest winners from area schools.

On the holiday itself, around 75 faculty and staff, as well as more than 80 students, participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. These members of the St. Norbert College community gave presentations on acceptance and inclusion of all people to second graders, sorted canned goods and donated household items to provide resources for low-income families, served lunch to homeless individuals, shelled corn at a sustainable farm, and cleaned at a local parenting/childcare education facility. Community partners this year included the NEW Community Shelter, Paul’s Pantry, Fort Howard Elementary School, Tsuynhehkwa Farm, Westwood Elementary School, Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin, Notre Dame Elementary School, and St. Vincent de Paul Store.

After the holiday, during the first week of classes for the spring semester, a series of readings from King’s speeches and writings was shared at the Campus Center. This event featured footage of King’s actual “I Have a Dream,” as well as the speech he gave the night before he was assassinated.
2010
 
school volunteers
 
St. Norbert volunteers at a local school.
Description of Programs
The president’s cabinet again approved employees to use their time to make it a “Day On.” More than 100 staff, faculty and students volunteers provided over 280 hours of service to eight community organizations in the Brown County area. They packed food for families in need, provided recreation time for residents at a nursing home, helped prepare the year's harvest at a farm, educated children on the importance of accepting all people, and a host of other activities at Westwood, Fort Howard and Notre Dame elementary schools; Paul's Pantry; St. Vincent de Paul Store; the Oneida Nation's Tsuynhehkwa farm; Family and Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin; and Woodside Lutheran Home. The educational programs offered to the elementary schools were made possible through a partnership with Arketype. Also, during the first week of classes, Common Prayer focused on a memorial for King, and the actor Barry Scott performed his one-man show, "Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." in the Walter Theatre.
2009
 

2009 event

St. Norbert volunteers at local service sites.
Description of Programs
The president’s cabinet approves employees to use their time to make MLK Day a “Day On.” More than 60 staff, faculty and students volunteer at four sites in Green Bay and De Pere. Arketype shares their award winning MLK curriculum with “Respectacles” and skits are presented to over 100 children at three local schools. Sixty-seven students volunteer at places throughout the country during their winter service trips. 
2008
 

2008 event

Milwaukee North Multiplex
Gospel Choir
Description of Programs
Events include service projects, MLK lessons in local schools, public readings, and speaker Gregory Jay on “White Privilege,” followed by a student panel.

Common Prayer
  • “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” with Milwaukee North Multiplex Gospel Choir
2007
Description of Programs
On MLK Day, several staff members volunteer at Danz Elementary School to speak about Martin Luther King.
2006 - “In the Spirit of Unity and Service Remember! Celebrate! Act!”
 

2006 event

Common Prayer celebration
Description of Programs
Activities included a Common Prayer and film “Mississippi Burning,” followed by a faculty panel.

Common Prayer
  • “In the Spirit of Unity and Service: REMEMBER! CELEBRATE! ACT!”
2005
Common Prayer
  • “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man Who Makes a Difference"
2004 - Awakening the Dream
 

2004 event

Professor Vincent Kavaloski
Description of Programs
MLK Week includes a diversity retreat, service projects, speaker Vincent Kavaloski presents “Our World’s House: Dr. King’s Global Vision,” and a panel of speakers led by Tom Reynolds.

Panel Presentations
  • Mississippi Service TRIPS Group: “Personal Reflections”
  • Cheryl Carpenter: “Women in the Civil Rights Movement”
  • Scott Geis: “By Virtue of Love - Awakening the Dream”
  • Karlyn Crowley: “Black Pride/Black Power: The Emergence of Nationalism in 1960s Black Arts Poetry”
  • Tom Reynolds: “Religion and All That Jazz: Musical Liberation and the African American Experiences”
Common Prayer
  • “The Spiritual Roots of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision”
2003 - A Day On, Not a Day Off
2003 event Description of Programs
The St. Norbert College administration makes it “a day on, not a day off.” Hence, the college does not hold classes on the day but hosts an academic convocation, service projects, displays of college and community service projects, the celebration of Mass, breakout sessions led by scholars and service agents of the community, and a keynote address by the Rev. Bryan Massingale, a nationally renowned speaker on the Church and civil rights. Over 1,000 people participate in these activities.

Faculty Presentations
  • Jane Lynch – “Access and Accommodations in Higher Education Today: Is Dr. King’s Legacy Alive?”
  • Larry Mc Andrews – “An Historical Perspective of King’s Impact on the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • Jason Pierceson - “The King Legacy Today: Vibrant or Forgotten?”
  • The Rev. James Neilson, O.Praem. & Karlyn Crowley – “African American Art and Literature”
  • Bridget Burke-Ravizza and Scott Geis – “How King’s Message changed Christians’ Perception of Church”
  • Steve Correia, Omobolade Delano-Oriaran, Mary Alyce Lach, S.S.N.D. – “Martin Luther King”
  • Sister Sally Ann Brickner, O.S.F. – “King’s Call to Nonviolence: Response to the Vietnam War and its Relationship to our War against Iraq”
  • The Rev. Don Noel, O.Praem. – “Becoming ‘Black’: My Experience and Its Impact”
  • Cathy Cornell – “Orientation: Brown County Literacy Volunteer”
Common Prayer
  • “Achieving the Dream”
2002 - Living the Legacy 
Description of Programs
A small group of staff, faculty and students planned activities to commemorate and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. 

Activities
  • "Heart, Mind and Soul: Public Readings from the Writings and Speeches of Dr. King"
  • "We Shall Overcome" candlelight prayer vigil
  • "Witnessing and Action: The Legacy of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement." A community rally of music, personal experiences and reflections by students, faculty and staff.
  • A petition to make it a “Day On” and no classes in 2003.