Martin Luther King Jr. Forum and Service Projects

   Campus Announcements | Posted on January 6, 2022

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are invited to attend the Thursday, Jan. 13, Martin Luther King Jr. Forum—"I Have A Dream 2022: The Fierce Urgency of Now." The program will take place at 11:30 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church and feature presenter Dashuna Robinson. Chapel credit is available for undergraduate students.

For individuals unable to attend Thursday's University Forum, the program will be rebroadcast Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern) on the Andrews University Facebook page.

Robinson is a proud 2003 graduate of Benton Harbor High School. She attended Western Michigan University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, with a minor in communication. She is finalizing her MSW degree at Western Michigan University, with a Policy, Planning and Administration concentration.

Robinson has serviced families in need for over 14 years. She is currently employed with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for Berrien County where she serves in multiple capacities. She has also worked in several social work-related positions advocating for families in need, victims of domestic and sexual violence and youth in crisis. Through her work within the field of social work, Robinson has grown to understand the significance of political governance and policy, prompting a journey into political leadership. Robinson is committed to the uplift of disenfranchised populations and leads in spaces that seek to accomplish such—economically, educationally and politically.

On Monday, Jan. 17, Andrews University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in service projects:

  • Benton Harbor Water Distribution. Andrews University joins with the Abundant Life C.O.G.I.C. (12–2 p.m.) and the New Covenant Community Baptist Church (4–6 p.m.) volunteers to distribute water at Benton Harbor High School, 870 Colfax Avenue, Benton Harbor MI 49022. Bus transportation will be provided for Andrews participants—meet in the Pioneer Memorial Church parking lot to board the bus at 11:15 a.m. (first shift) and 3:15 p.m. (second shift).
  • Bags of Love Sewing Bee. Sponsored by the Andrews University James White Library, this community service project will benefit foster children from the Berrien and Cass County DHS programs. Six to 10 volunteers are needed from 1–5 p.m. at Neighbor to Neighbor.

    The Bags of Love project will create cloth drawstring bags that will be given to foster children to transport belongings. Two different kinds of bags will be made, taking between 30 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the type of bag and level of sewing skills. Completed bags will be given to God's Hands 4 Kids (GH4K), a foster care support group, for distribution.

Update: At least 15 volunteers are needed for both the 12 noon and 2 p.m. water distributions in Benton Harbor and 10 volunteers for the sewing bee at Neighbor to Neighbor. An Andrews University minibus will leave PMC parking lot at 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. for Benton Harbor High School. Transportation may be arranged for the Neighbor to Neighbor sewing bee project. For more information, contact

   Paulette McLean Johnson