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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Week 2016

Honoring the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Schedule of events for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Week 2016:

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Jan. 18


SMU Participates in the Dallas
Martin Luther King Jr. Day City-Wide Parade

Starting Location TBD

*Students are encouraged to participate. Contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs for more details 

Jan. 18

Day of Service 

Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
and Community Engagement and Leadership

Students will have opportunities to serve at 

Studies have shown that children who define themselves as creative have better problem-solving skills, are more successful in school, and have a higher self-esteem.  You can be a part of transforming the new SPARK! space from a raw basement to a 360-degree, hands-on playscape by assembling a colorful mosaic for the center floor, installing creative structures on the ceilings and walls, and painting for their upcoming Open House event.
Skills required:  Creativity and an open mind

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
More than one out of every three families in West Dallas live below the poverty level.  Among many things, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand runs a grocery store that provides free food to more than 300 families per week.  Come help this organization by restocking the grocery store after a large food delivery.
Skills required: Ability to stand, bend and life small amounts of weights for up to three hours

Dallas Ramp Project (2 sites)
Change a person’s life by building a wheelchair ramp for disabled or elderly people who cannot afford to buy one themselves.  In about four hours, you can help give someone the freedom to leave their home again.
Skills required:  Familiarity with using a power drill and a hammer would be beneficial.  Volunteers should be comfortable working outdoors and getting dirty.
Please note:  Due to the nature of this project, volunteers should expect to complete the ramp before departing the site. End time project completion may be after 4:00 p.m.

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship 
The center provides equine assisted therapy and rehabilitation for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and learning disabilities. You can continue this mission by helping with facilities and barn maintenance projectswhile getting your hands a little dirty in the process!
Please note: Volunteers at this site should be aware that interaction with animals is likely.  Please consider any allergies that you may have.  Volunteers should be comfortable working outdoors.

Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E. 
Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E. (Consider How One Individual Changes Everything) focuses on preparing specifically hand-picked, at risk students for life after high school, while providing them with the resources, skills, and mentoring relationships necessary to promote a seamless transition. Be part of a mentorship, student panel and become a support system for local high school students. 

The Bridge
Help those in homeless recovery by organizing, sorting and assembling items for people in the Dallas region. The Bridge provides solutions for homelessness in Dallas by developing, coordinating, and delivering shelter, recovery & housing services. Don’t miss out on a chance to make an impact on those experiencing homelessness in our community!

Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
Donations fuel Goodwill’s social business to create jobs and job services to persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment. You can help Goodwill in their mission to provide job opportunity by assisting with sorting and processing donations in the Goodwill central warehouse
Skills required: Ability to stand, bend and life small amounts of weights for up to three hours



Jan. 19

Real Talk: Conversations around diversity

Topic: To be Announced
Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West

Jan. 20

Commemorative Unity Walk

Gather with SMU President R. Gerald Turner and student leaders to participate in our annual Unity Walk. This time together is a great demonstration of our commitment as a university to the work of Dr. King. 

*Meet in the Hughes-Trigg Commons*

An Evening with Alicia Garza

Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Central-West

Jan. 21

Film Screening: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Thursday, January 21, 2015

1:30 – 3:30pm

Location: HT Forum

Sponsored by the Women & LGBT Center


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at SMU on March 17, 1966.

Dream Week 2015

Updated 1/8/16

For more information, email or call 214-768-4580.