Jan 5, 2012

USD community to honor King’s legacy with Day of Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students at the University of South Dakota will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service, and a keynote address from eco-chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry.

Students, faculty and staff from USD will join the Vermillion community on Monday, Jan. 16 for the Day of Service. All volunteers will meet at noon at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center for orientation (register online at http://tinyurl.com/USDMLK to volunteer) followed by an afternoon of community service projects. The Day of Service concludes with a Hunger Banquet at 5:30 p.m. at the MUC ballroom. 

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Terry will address campus with “Food Justice: At the Intersection of Food, Politics, Poverty, Public Health and the Environment” at the MUC ballroom. In addition to being an eco-chef and food justice activist, Terry is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Vegan Soul Kitchen (VSK): Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.” For a decade, he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system, and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism and food insecurity. A photo of Terry is available at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Bryant_Terry.jpg.

The fourth annual Vermillion Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the USD Center for Academic Engagement, the USD Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Michigan and Wisconsin Campus Compacts, and the Federal Corporation for National & Community Service. For more information, please go to www.usd.edu/academics/center-for-academic-engagement/service-learning/national-days-of-service.cfm or contact the Center for Academic Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email engage@usd.edu.

About the Center for Academic Engagement

The Center for Academic Engagement is the University’s home to civic engagement and service-learning, helping students connect their classroom learning to community needs. It also supports study abroad, National Student Exchange, undergraduate research and creative scholarship, AmeriCorps, and nationally competitive scholarships. More information is available at www.usd.edu/engage.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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