Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
On Monday, January 17, 2022, hundreds of Friends School of Baltimore students, faculty, and alumni will gather in support of our 18th annual MLK Day of Service. Due to Covid, the day will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person opportunities to join one another to reflect on the principles of nonviolent social change and racial equality by serving our greater community. Activities will serve nonprofits such as the McKim Center, Our Daily Bread, the Student Support Network, the Maryland Book Bank, Baltimore Safe Haven, The Family Tree, Baltimore Hunger Project, Broadmead, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House, Moveable Feast, Share Baby, Art with a Heart and Healthcare for the Homeless.
Jabari Lyles, an educator, nonprofit leader and community leader in Baltimore, will be our keynote speaker at the virtual Welcome Breakfast. His work focuses on positive outcomes for youth and the LGBTQ community, especially LGBTQ youth of color. With over fifteen years of experience working with schools, government and nonprofits, Jabari emphasizes his passion for education, social justice and public service. Jabari has given a TEDx Talk entitled “Black Self / White World — lessons on internalized racism.”
“Despite these uncertain and difficult times, we are excited to continue to focus on working together in Baltimore communities in support of the holiday’s national mission to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a ‘Beloved Community,' " say this year’s parent coordinators Kamini Reddy, Jennifer Taylor and Jennifer Smith. "Baltimore communities need support now more than ever, and we have volunteer spots available in a variety of creative, virtual activities and are confident that they will all fill up as they have in past years."
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
-Martin Luther King Jr