Simpson community set to honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Serving others and promoting equality – two traditional Simpson College goals – will come together this month as the campus community honors the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a special observance at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 in Smith Chapel. Class schedules will be structured so everyone can attend. The public also is invited.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Highlighting the event will be a performance by baritone and guest artist Mark Wilson, a 1994 Simpson graduate.

An active performer and educator, Wilson is currently an adjunct music professor at Monmouth University, a music professor at Westchester Community College, Bergen Community College and a voice teacher for Ridgewood Conservatory in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  He teaches a wide range of students from classical music, musical theater, jazz, hip hop, pop and rock.

This past year, Mr. Wilson made his debut with Asheville Lyric Opera performing Escamillo.  He also debuted with the Harford Chorale singing the solo baritone music in Orff’s Carmina Burana. He finished this season debuting with North Shore Music Festival performing the role of Angelotti in Tosca.

The next day, Jan. 21, Simpson will continue to commemorate the King holiday by hosting a Meals from the Heartland Mobile Hunger Fight. Volunteers will spend the day packaging food and raising money for Des Moines-based organization, whose mission is to help feed starving and food-deprived people in Central Iowa, the United States and the world.

Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland volunteers have packaged more than 38 million meals.

“We are planning the event in conjunction with MLK Day to honor the legacy of social justice and civic engagement left by and exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Jorie Landers, service coordinator.

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