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Students to have 'Day On, Not Off' during 29th annual MLK Week for Peace

Loyola press release - January 13, 2015

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

To kick off the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace, a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of the late civil rights activist, students from Loyola University New Orleans, Dillard University, Tulane University and Xavier University, will have a "Day On, Not Off," with more than 800 students spending the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving back to their communities through various service projects. Students may pre-register by visiting the MLK Week for Peace website.

The Day of Service begins a four-day series of free, public events put together by the consortium of four local universities. Other events include a panel debate to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Dillard University Chapel, and "Step Off for the Dream," a showcase of song, spoken word and dance to be held at Tulane's McAlister Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. A student celebration also will be held Friday at the Qatar Ballroom at Tulane University beginning at 9 p.m. for students with valid university IDs.

Political activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik, the political director to Russell Simmons and president of GlobalGrind.com, will be the featured speaker at Xavier University at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. Skolnik, a well-known television personality, news commentator and film producer and director, will encourage the youth of New Orleans to get excited and active about creating change in the community. His speeches empower students with tools to fight the injustices happening within society.

Also on Thursday, the 2015 Presidential Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Carol Bebelle and Pastor Fred Luter. Bebelle, a New Orleans native and a Loyola alumna, spent nearly 20 years in the public sector as an administrator and planner of education, social, and health programs before forming Akua Productions, a small production company dedicated to the presentation, production, exhibition and publication of creative works by and about Africans. Luter is the Senior Pastor at the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and the first African-American to be elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

For more information, visit the MLK Week for Peace website.