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MLK Day of Community Action 2023

Students Packing Boxes

02/05/2022 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - (clockwise from right) Curry Brinson, A22, Alexa Libbey, A25, Evan Hu, E24, Tufts volleyball team members Anna Nachmanoff, A23, and Ariel Cedric, A22, sanitize their hands before assembling COVID-19 prevention kits for a local women’s shelter with their fellow students at Tufts University, on February 5, 2022 (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

“We Do Not Have Much Time:” A Day of Community Action  

The MLK Day of Community Action will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 11:00am to 5:30pm, beginning at Breed Memorial Hall (rescheduled from Saturday, February 4 due to weather)

“But we do not have much time. The revolutionary spirit is already world-wide. If the anger of the people of the world at the injustice of things is to be channeled into a revolution of love and creativity, we must begin now to work, urgently, with all peoples to shape a new world.” -Trumpet of Conscience, p. 50 from “Youth and Social Action”  


How can we channel our revolutionary spirits to create change? Join the Interfaith Ambassador Team of the University Chaplaincy for the 2023 MLK Day of Community Action for community building, workshops on MLK’s legacy in modern activism, and direct action. Together, we will explore our own roles in the fight for change through the lens of carceral and food justice. Engage in service and advocacy opportunities with local organizations working to address these issues in our very own metro Boston neighborhoods. Locally sourced lunch and dinner meals will be provided.  

Registration is required and closes at 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, February 22nd. For questions, please contact University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger.  


Sign up to be a Group Leader

We are looking for leaders to guide our group through the service activities and facilitate our group reflections. Serving as a group leader involves the following: 

  • Welcoming other students and helping orient the Day’s activities
  • Leading students in-service day activities, and 
  • Facilitating moments of reflection before, during, and after the service. 

Group leaders will be supporting a service-learning program that commemorates Dr. King’s vision of a compassionate and person-oriented society. A brief training, including dinner, will be provided to all leaders from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday. February 1st in Goddard Chapel. To inquire about serving as a group leader, please email University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger.

The annual event is intended to give students an opportunity to promote a sense of belonging and connection with other Tufts community members, critically engage with MLK’s vision of a “revolution of values” towards a “person-oriented society,” explore personal values in connection to living in community at Tufts and in our local communities, and create space and a model for building thoughtful connections with Boston-area community members. This year’s program challenges participants to consider, "How can we channel our revolutionary spirits to create change? " In past events, students have participated in on-site service on MLK Day, in partnership with local organizations. You can read more about past programs by following the links below.  


Follow this link to learn more about MLK Day of Community Action 2022.

Follow this link to learn more about MLK Day of Service 2020.  

Follow this link to learn more about MLK Day of Service 2019.  

Follow this link to learn more about MLK Day of Service 2018.  

Follow this link to learn more about MLK Day of Service 2017.