Over 400 parents, students, faculty, and alumni will mobilize at sites throughout Baltimore on Monday, January 20th in support of Friends School’s 16th annual MLK Day of Service
. Sponsored by the Parents Association, the day will offer families opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy of peace and social justice by volunteering on behalf of 18 worthwhile service organizations, including the Paul’s Place
, Baltimore Hunger Project
, Our Daily Bread Employment Center
, and Art with a Heart
, with several activities taking place on the Friends School campus. The action kicks off at 8:30 am in the Friends School Dining Hall with a Welcome Breakfast and remarks by our keynote speaker, Letrice Gant
from Baltimore Ceasefire
, a nonprofit that serves as a hub for organizations and citizens to support one another, work together, and share resources with the goal of seeing an end to murder in Baltimore City.
They are a grassroots peace movement created to raise awareness about the high murder rate in Baltimore City, comfort families of the deceased, and reduce violent deaths in the city. The group makes a simple ask: For Baltimore City to be free of murder for 72 consecutive hours. This simple ask has transformed into ceasefire weekends in Baltimore.