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MLK Day of Service and Celebration

Monday January 17, 2022

King Hall
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Day of Service: Participants in MLK Day 2022 will have three options to provide service to the Davis community, or their local communities where they are housed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These options include:
1. Children's Book Drive at King Hall, 400 Mrak Hall Drive 10:00 am - 3:00 pm: We will be collecting children's books and bookstore gift cards to donate to NP3 Elementary School in Sacramento. Individuals can complete a contactless drop-off of new or used children's books and/or bookstore gift cards. A more detailed email regarding the book drive will be sent out to the community in the coming days. Participating in this way is also a great opportunity to support small and local business on/for MLK Day! For example, Underground Books is a non-profit, Black-owned bookstore in Sacramento that individuals can choose to support for the book drive. (There will also be opportunities to participate in the book drive remotely, this will be detailed in the forthcoming email that specifically discusses the book drive.)
2. Volunteer at Fourth & Hope207 Fourth Street, Woodland, CA 1:30 pm - 4: 00 pm: Individuals who volunteer at Fourth & Hope will be doing some painting at the facility as well as some other miscellaneous projects. Space for this opportunity is limited to 20 people. Please sign up via the RSVP if you would like to volunteer at Fourth & Hope. More detailed information will be sent to the people who sign up.
3. Day of Service in Your Community: If you are unable to attend the service options above, we invite you to donate your time on January 17th to a cause near (and dear) to you! Please let us know how you will be serving the community by clicking here. Feel free to send pictures or just tell us how it went for you!
Note: we initially hoped to host a group of elementary school children to participate in a mock trial, however, out of an abundance of caution and to follow campus protocols we have decided to no longer have that portion of the day.
Celebration: Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the King Hall connection at 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday, January 17th via Zoom. Please register in advance at this link. Our program includes BLSA President Mariam Sossouadouno, UC Davis Law Dean Kevin Johnson and our keynote speaker, Sterling Anderson (pictured below).
Feel free to join us even if you aren’t able to participate in the service events!
Volunteers will also be able to grab free lunch from Nash & Proper food truck which will be on site at King Hall on MLK Day!
Keynote Speaker:
Sterling Anderson won a NAACP Image Award for “The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn” and is a two-time nominee. He also the winner of the Movieguide Faith & Freedom award and a Christopher award for “The Gabby Douglas Story”. 
He has written for some of the most popular network television shows, such as “The Unit” on CBS, as well as NBC's “Medium” and “Heist”. His teleplay “The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn”, written for CBS starring Sidney Poitier, received three Emmy nominations and won an NAACP Image Award. Sterling's extensive resume also includes screenplays written for Lions Gate, Disney, HBO, TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures.
A graduate in English from St. Mary's College, the accomplished writer also spent five years teaching screenwriting as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Sterling has written two books on writing: Go To Script: Screenwriting Tips From A Pro and 15 Steps To Becoming A Successful (Artist) Screenwriter and a fiction book called Five Seconds To Go.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sterling spent his early childhood in Tuskegee, Alabama, before moving to Davis, California. His talents span far outside the world of writing. Sterling has a fifth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was an award-winning winemaker in Napa Valley.
Special thank you to this year's MLK Day of Service and Celebration planning committee:
Isaiah Alba '23
Kalan Andrews '22
Noriya Bragg '23
Damian Cortez '24
Rhiannah Gordon '24
Ethan Hicks '24
Isabella Lyons '24
Nnayongo Malafa '24
Adele Maxwell '24
Aaliayah McKnight-Corcran '23
Nicole Opendo '23
Dominique Pope '22
Hector Sanchez Castaneda '24
Alexandra Seymour '22
Hassan Smith '24
Danae Snell '24
Mariam Sossouadouno '23
Tyler Szeto '22

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