Speaker, Service Highlight MLK Day at Simpson

Simpson College has planned a day’s worth of activities on Monday, Jan. 21 to celebrate and honor the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The events reflect Simpson’s historic and current commitment to the causes of diversity, human rights and service to others. Normal class schedules have been adjusted to allow students to participate. (Evening classes will follow their normal schedule.)

The MLK Day address will be given by Rudy Simms (pictured above), director of the Des Moines Human Rights Commission. Simms has devoted his life and career to championing the same issues that the Rev. King promoted.

He will speak at 1 p.m. in Smith Chapel. The public is invited.

Monday’s course schedule is as follows:

Normal Class Schedule            Altered Class Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                       8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

9:10 – 10:10 a.m.                     9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

10:20 – 11:20 a.m.                   10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.                   11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

A two hour time block will be created for lunch and a special King Day observance. This event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Smith Chapel.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                       2:00 – 2:50 p.m.

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.                       3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

3:20 – 4:20 p.m.                       4:00 – 4:50 p.m.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                       5:00 – 5:50 p.m.

Evening classes will run on the normal evening class schedule. This information will also be circulated directly to students.

In addition, Simpson students will have opportunities throughout the day to serve others. Those activities include:

*Community Leader Breakfast, 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Grubb YMCA in Des Moines. Volunteers have been requested.

*Meals from the Heartland, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Grubb YMCA, Des Moines. Fourteen volunteers are needed. Simpson will provide transportation.

*Letter Writing to Service Men and Women, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Principal Financial Group Black Box Theatre, Kent Campus Center. Spend as much time as you can there.

*Activities at The Village, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Please plan to attend and get involved. Serving others is one of the reasons Simpson stands for success.