In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, students and faculty members at Liberty University gathered for a special event to discuss ways they make a difference in their community.
Guest speakers from three local non-profit organizations addressed the group during the “I Have a Dream” event, held by the Center for Multicultural Enrichment at Liberty University. Speakers discussed ways students can volunteer in their community and be more like King.
“Martin Luther [King, Jr.] is known for a number of things, and one of them is certainly his passion,” said Sarah Quarantotto, executive director of Miriam’s House.
Quarantotto spoke to students about the mission of her organization, which helps brings families out of homelessness.
“Many students come through the Lynchburg community and are really unaware that homelessness exists or that there are individuals in this community that are really vulnerable, and so I think raising that awareness and increasing students’ visibility to that is important,” she said.
“Historically, it is a day of empowerment,” said Melany Pearl, executive director of the Center for Multicultural Enrichment. “It is a day of service.”
Pearl said she hopes the discussion encourages students to volunteer in the Lynchburg community during their time at Liberty.
King’s “life was about addressing a need that he saw happening in the United States,” Pearl said. “The needs tonight are more local, but that’s where it starts.”
The Center for Multicultural Enrichment holds events all year round on campus, Pearl said. The group has several events scheduled for Black History Month, which is observed in February, she added.