CSM Partners with Community to Honor MLK Jr., Jan. 19

The College of Southern Maryland will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with classes for the spring 2015 semester, as well as Mini Session I, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 20. As part of observances being held throughout Southern Maryland to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., CSM is partnering with organizations in their commemorations.

CSM joins the Calvert County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Congress of Black Women’s Calvert County Chapter for the 29th Annual MLK Breakfast. This year’s breakfast will honor Former CSM Trustee and retired educator MacArthur Jones for his 25 years as a church lay leader as well as his 31-year career as an educator and Rev. Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church for his 21 years as a pastor at Chesapeake Church and for his compassionate outreach to those in need, feeding 1,000 people weekly. The keynote address will be presented by State Sen. Joanne C. Benson who represents District 24 in Prince George’s County and is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Children, Youth and Families.

CSM Vice President and Dean of the Prince Frederick Campus Dr. Richard Fleming will present the National Congress of Black Women of Calvert County scholarship during the event.

The event will be held at the Rod and Reel Restaurant, 4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $40. For information on the Calvert County event, contact CSM Lead Director of Administrative Services Gladys Jones at gladysj@csmd.edu or 443-550-6001.

CSM joins the Charles County Branch of the NAACP for the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast as a gold sponsor. This year’s event includes a keynote address by the Maryland State Conference NAACP President Gerald G. Stansbury. During the program, CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried will announce the winning entries of the 2015 Creative Expressions Contest, co-sponsored by the Diversity Institute at CSM and the Charles County NAACP.

Participants were asked to connect the theme “All for Justice and Equality” to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. using artwork, essay, spoken word poetry or digital media works. Micaela Morrison of Theodore G. Davis Middle School won first place in the middle school essay contest with her entry, “Freedom.” Cierra Davis and Samantha Williams from North Point High School won first place in the high school digital media contest with the video, “Cierra and Sam Equality Project.” CSM student Bill Buffington was the CSM poetry contest winner with his entry, “If People Change Colors Like the Leaves in the Fall.”

The event will be held at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road Waldorf. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m. and costs $30 plus fee through www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-annual-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-prayer-breakfast-tickets-14279210503. For information, visit the Charles County NAACP website at www.ccnaacp.org, call 1-877-416-2227 or email info@ccnaacp.org.

CSM joins St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission and St. Mary’s County Public Schools for the 11th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. The keynote address will be provided by Michael Steele, MSNBC political analyst, former head of the Republican National Committee and former lieutenant governor of Maryland.

CSM’s students will be involved with theater major Jeremy Hunter providing a student perspective and Brittnee Ross, a general education major with a music concentration, performing “Amazing Grace.”

The event will be held at SMCM Campus Center in the J. Frank Raley Great Room. Breakfast begins at 6 a.m. and costs $10 at the door. The program is free and begins at 8 a.m. For information on St. Mary’s County breakfast, contact event coordinator Linda Jones at events@smcm.edu.

For information on the Diversity Institute at CSM and upcoming programs, visit www.csmd.edu/DiversityInstitute.