MLK Service


For Martin Luther King Jr. day, Berry College students honored a remarkable man with acts of service around their community and thoughtful reflection.

On Friday, students attended a viewing of the Oscar-winning 2014 filmSelma,” which chronicles King’s campaign for equal voting rights and the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. After the film Larry O. Rivers, an assistant professor of history at West Georgia University, led the discussion. Former Rome City Commissioner Duane Reid spoke on Sunday at Berry’s Gathering of People of Faith in the Krannert Ballroom. The events were sponsored by Berry College’s Multicultural and International Student Programs.

All of this led up to Monday’s service day where around 200 students, faculty and staff volunteered around the Rome community. More than a dozen service sites were chosen including the Boys & Girls Club, Genesis Healthcare and the Bagwell Food Pantry Garden. 

“MLK Service Day gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to serve with fellow community members as advocates for positive change in our community, just as MLK role modeled,” explains Jillian McDonnell, student director of Berry College Volunteer Services.

Before students departed for their service sites, Provost Kathy Richardson reminded students of the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Everyone can be great…because anybody can serve.”

Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Jess Bozeman and photos by students Lauren Neumann, Sara Leimbach, Sydney Romer, Kelsey McCray and Lauren Hunter.