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Office of Multicultural Affairs




Each year, Hanover College joins the nation wide observance to honor and reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) on MLK Day. Recognized and adopted as a federal holiday in 1983, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration takes place annually on the third Monday of January. An icon of the civil rights movement in America, King was known as a drum major for peace and justice. He advocated for nonviolent civil disobedience to end racial segregation, economic inequity, and the denial of basic human rights to any and all persons. King's vision of love and justice remains a beacon of hope for imagining a better world, planet, and future. Hanover College calls our students, faculty, staff, and community to a moment of silence, reflection, and action as we engage in the work of building what Dr. King called the "Beloved Community" - one that is welcoming and inclusive of all persons. In commemoration of Dr. King, the college has planned a variety of events. Volunteer sites will be available around the Hanover and Madison area on Monday, January 17 from 1 pm -5 pm. Registration is required for all events! Please click the registration link here to register for all MLK Day events.


A free "His Dream Still Matters" T-shirt will be available to the first 10 volunteers who register for and complete their community service that day.  All volunteers are invited for pizza and refreshments in the Haq Center at 5:00 pm. See a list of volunteer opportunities below. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Alumni Relations, Chaplain's Office, and the Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education Committee (EIME). 


moment of silence

9:00 AM

Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin Luther. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for civil rights, racial equity, social and economic justice in the United States, Hanover College will observe a moment of silence at 9:00 am. This will officially kick-off the MLK Day of Service. 


Clearinghouse/ House of Hope

100 E Second Street Suite H

Madison, IN

9:30 AM

Please meet Dr. Lowry at 9:30 a.m. at the Clearinghouse in downtown Madison. We'll work with the House of Hope sorting food and preparing the pantry for local clients. (Project Leader: Dr. Janet Lowry). Alumni registration is required. To register, please visit https://our.hanover.edu/mlkday.

call to community

Virtual Community Reflection and Discussion

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

William Rodriguez, Ph.D., will lead the Hanover College community in reflection and discussion on Martin Luther King's landmark speech, I Have a Dream. Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. His research interests include biomedical ethics, theological ethics, comparative religious ethics, Catholic Moral theology, Liberation Theology, economic/political theory, Latin American studies, Human Rights, religion and violence, Just War Theory and Pacifism, and feminist theory. His ongoing research interest and writing has been regarding social justice and he is currently engaged in a writing project comparing the work and impact of Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero. The discussion will take place virtually during the Call to Community at Hanover College's MLK Day of Service. The "Call to Community" is an invitation to students, faculty, staff, alumni and community to collectively examine the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Open to all members of the campus community, the program will be held virtually at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17. Registration is required. 

Register to attend "Call to Community"



Free Store - Former LGBTQ+ Center

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

In collaboration with the Environmental Stewardship Committee, volunteers will be needed for sorting and getting the Free Store up and running. This MLK service project is open to all Hanover campus members and lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted on Wednesday, January 12th from 12-3 pm in the former LGBTQ Center in Lynn Hall. Inventory we are asking for include: clothing (no undergarments), shoes, accessories (belts, bags, jewelry, ties, scarves, gloves), games, bedding (no mattresses), functional electronics, books, small household items, etc. Please wash any clothing or bedding before you donate.  If we receive items that are deemed to be in poor condition, we will dispose of them. Click the registration link here to register.


Trinity United Methodist Church (Christian)

412 W Main Street (Downtown Madison)

12 pm - 1 pm

If you are interested in attending the worship service and need a ride. Please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 12th to arrange transportation. Ph: 812.866.7025.


Brown Campus Center

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Haq Center for Cross-Cultural Education is named in honor of Hanover College professors Dr. Mythili Haq and Dr. Anwarul Haq. Mythili Haq (1926-1995) served the College from 1969 to 1992 as Associate Professor of Sociology. Anwarul Haq (1923-1990) served the College from 1969-1990 as Professor of International Studies. The Haq Center is dedicated to the memory of two beloved teachers who advanced the mutual respect of citizens of different countries and backgrounds. The Haq Center offers a space for cultural expression and camaraderie on the Hanover College campus. The space is dedicated to promoting and supporting an inclusive campus culture. Join us to learn more about the Center, connect with our multicultural clubs and organizations, hang out, or paint community-friendly artwork that reflects the contributions of Dr. King. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and donuts while you are there! The Haq Center is located in the Brown Campus Center. Click the registration link here to register.



(Various Locations in Hanover and Madison)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

MLK Day inspires thousands of people to defy the cold and serve others in ways ranging from providing meals and improving the environment to sparking discussions about equality or just helping their neighbors. Campus and community based service projects will take place between the hours of 1-5 pm on January 17th. See a list of volunteer opportunities below.

  • Put up "Hate Free Zone" signs in your yard or neighborhood. For those on campus or in the local area, the Haq Center will provide yard signs. Stop by the Haq Center in the Brown Campus Center to pick up a yard sign to place in front of your home, dorm, around the campus, or around the community.
  • Organize a team of students, faculty, and/or staff and collect money to support Looking Back Moving Forward. A non-profit organization created by Hanover College students to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families of Sierra Leone, West Africa. 
  • Volunteer your time at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County reading multicultural books to children of mixed-age groups. You will read and discuss books that celebrate diversity and help children to think about, value, respect, and celebrate the differences in all people. 
  • Do you want to show your appreciation to the veterans of our country? If your answer is yes, there's no better way than offering your time and energy this MLK Day as a volunteer with our local retired veteran's community of Madison and Hanover, Indiana. You will spend time with a local veteran and volunteer your services at the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office in downtown Madison. This service project may include helping to vacuum out vehicles and gaining personal knowledge about the agency. This will be an excellent opportunity to serve those who served and to learn more about the services and programs available for veterans. 
  • Volunteer at the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. The shelter will take up to 2-3 volunteers at a time to socialize the cats and dogs at the shelter- this includes cuddles, walks, and connection with the animals. Volunteers must call the shelter directly and make your own arrangement at (812) 273-1788.
  • Stop by the Haq Center between 1-5 pm during the Haq Center Open House on Jan 17 to watch movies, listen to music, play games, or meet new friends. While you are there, take a moment to make a caring card to brighten up someone's day. Help to bring cheer to local health care workers, frontline Covid-19 workers, and don't forget our local senior citizens.
  • Do Your Own Project (DYO). Do you have an idea of your own that we have not thought about? Let us know what you are thinking about and we will do our best to support your project. Contact: pope@hanover.edu.

Register for "Community Service Opportunities"


Haq Center 

5:00 PM 

Upon completion of community service projects for the day, we want to show our appreciation and thank you for helping to make a difference in our community! We want to celebrate you and your service! Please join us for pizza and refreshments at 5:00 pm in the Haq Center (Brown Campus Center).  

Register to attend "Volunteer Pizza Party"



Virtual Service Reflection 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This session will conclude our MLK Day of Service and bring together those who have performed community service projects for the day. Together, we will reflect on the day and how it took meaning for us. We will share and reflect on what we accomplished and listen to the reflections and experiences of others. Registration is required to join this discussion and the zoom meeting link will be provided upon registration. 

Register to attend "Community Service Reflection"