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Tufts University Programs Honoring The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day of Service – Saturday, January 23, 2016, Various Times and Locations

University Celebration – Tuesday, January 26, 4:30 pm, Goddard Chapel

Project Got Your Back Donation Drive – January 21, 2016 – February 12, 2016

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Annual MLK Day of Service

Saturday, January 23, 2016, At various off campus service sites throughout the day, Sign up here.
Tufts students, staff and faculty are invited to participate at our second annual MLK Day of Service. We are working with local community organizations in Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville to organize opportunities for the Tufts community to serve, build relationships with local service providers, and act in the spirit of compassion and justice.

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to serve at one of the following sites:

  • Boston Red Cross Food Pantry – 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
  • Mystic Learning Center – 530 Mystic Ave #103, Somerville

Sign up and learn more here.

For more information, please email

To join the Facebook Event, click here.

Annual MLK University Celebration: Moving the Movement Forward

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 4:30 pm, Goddard Chapel

Each year, Tufts University hosts an annual celebration honoring the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For this year’s celebration, we examined the roots of today’s activism through the lens of Dr. King and his contemporaries. We put their voices in conversation with modern scholars and student activists to reflect on how today’s generation is moving the movement forward. The event featured musical performances, spoken word, and reflections on some of the key concerns of Dr. King’s legacy, including faith, equality, unity/collective healing, justice, and action. See below for a video recording of the 2016 MLK University Celebration.

Project Got Your Back Donation Drive

January 21, 2016 – February 12, 2016

Approximately 800,000 children every year come in contact with the foster care system. Often times, when a child must be removed from their home, and placed with a foster family, their belongings are packed into a plastic shopping bag or not taken at all—psychologically symbolic of being thrown out in a moment when love and concern is most needed. “Project Got Your Back” is being organized in response to this local need by having a backpack drive to support the displaced children in our local community during their time of need. The collected items will be distributed to the Department of Children & Families in Cambridge, MA as a part of the 2016 Tufts University programs honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Accepting new and gently used backpacks (or other bags), new/clean clothing, underclothing, socks, pajamas, or toiletries at:

Medford/Somerville Campus:

  • Africana Center – 8 Professors Row
  • Asian American Center – 17 Latin Way
  • Dowling Hall – Room 710E
  • Goddard Chapel
  • Granoff Family Hillel Center
  • International House – 13 Sawyer Ave.
  • Latino/LGBT Center – 226 College Ave.
  • Women’s Center – 55 Talbot Ave.

Boston Campus:

  • Tufts University School of Medicine – Sackler Center 4th Floor
    • Office of Student Affairs
    • Hirsh Health Sciences Library Reference Desk

Grafton Campus:

  • Agnes Varis Campus Center
  • Bumpus Lobby near Varis Lecture Hall
  • Cummings Support Center
  • Loew Building Basement
  • Mayer Administration Building Lobby