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USD community to honor Kings 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 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

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 or contact the Center for Academic Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News