Wartburg College students, faculty and staff will honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects and special events during MLK Week, Jan. 17-22.


The public is invited to three free events:

  • The 2014 movie “Selma,” based on the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, will be shown at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. 
  • On Monday, Jan. 18, Wartburg Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry will host “An Evening with Imam Tawil: Conversation, Fellowship and Peacemaking,” featuring Imam Taha Tawil of the Mother Mosque of America in Cedar Rapids. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation in the Wartburg Chapel Commons on the lower level of the chapel; the program begins at 7. Tawil’s visit is a partnership with the MLK Committee and Trinity Methodist Church in Waverly. 
  • Wartburg’s Black Student Union will host a #MakeItMatter panel Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. Panelists will be Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart; Brian McQueen, professor of criminology, criminal justice and sociology at Wartburg; Jenny McBride, professor of religion and Board of Regents Chair in Ethics at Wartburg; and Wartburg sophomore Maya Weatherall.

The student-run Volunteer Action Center has organized 13 service projects for students Monday, Jan. 18, when the college’s class schedule is shortened. The projects include working with the Boy Scouts of America, The Larrabee Center, Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Grout Museum, as well as service mainstays like Habitat for Humanity and the Catholic Worker House. On campus, students can make tie-blankets for residents of Lutheran Services in Iowa Bremwood campus, Cedar Valley Hospice and Cedar Valley Friends of the Family.

Other events include:

  • A poverty simulation Monday, Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m., in Knights Ballroom of Saemann Student Center.
  • Sophomore Naomi Alene speaking at the MLK Chapel service Wednesday, Jan. 20, 10:15 a.m., in Wartburg Chapel.
  • A midweek Eucharist service Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel, followed by a candlelight vigil.
  • The Diversity Involvement Fair Thursday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the McCoy rooms in Saemann Student Center
  • The Outlet, featuring performances by a diverse group of students expressing social justice through dance, poetry, song, and various performances, Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., in McCaskey Lyceum in Saemann Student Center. An ice cream social will follow.