Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

On Monday, January 16, 2023, hundreds of Friends School of Baltimore students, faculty, and alumni will gather in support of our 19th annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service. We are thrilled to announce that while we will still have some virtual activities, we will be back in person for breakfast and many on and off campus activities! Activities will serve nonprofits such as BMore Community Food, Transforming Youth into Adults, The Family Tree, Student Support Network, Our Daily Bread, the Maryland Book Bank, Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore Hunger Project, Broadmead, Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House, Helping Up Mission, Share Baby, Art with a Heart and Weekend Backpacks.

J.C. Faulk, diversity consultant, founder of Circles of Voices-An End to Ignorance, will join us as our keynote speaker. J.C.'s work focuses on addressing issues related to the marginalization of vulnerable American citizens, especially descendants of Africa and undocumented communities.  He has more than twenty-five years of expertise in organizational development, activism, entrepreneurship and community organizing. He founded and is growing BMore Food, which receives food donations from local and national companies to distribute in food deserts in Baltimore every week.

J.C. Faulk has been featured in multiple international documentaries related to his work as an activist in Baltimore following the murder of Freddie Gray. Over the past few years, he has expanded his work to include producing documentaries, and he is in the pre-production process of creating a full length feature about the Atlantic Slave Trade ("1619"), to humanize the impact of slavery on the enslaved and enslavers. 

“We are excited this year to be able to be back together in person to continue to focus on working collaboratively 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 parent coordinators Jennifer Taylor and Jennifer Smith. "Baltimore communities need support now more than ever, and we have volunteer spots available in a variety of creative 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