MLK Day of Service Celebration Events

MLK Day of Service Celebration Events

Celebrating MLK Day of Service

While we won’t be able to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service together in-person on January 18th this year, we will still be honoring Dr. King, his legacy, and his call to others to engage in community service.

Our campus’s celebration will extend through the second half of January. It will include a film watch party, a webinar, and a take-and-make service activity.  

MANRRS Watch Party on January 17th

The student organization Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) will be hosting a film watch party of American Son on January 17th, 2021 at 7 pm. Please see separate announcement from MANRRS for further details.

Speakers Webinar on January 20th

Mr. Walter Bonham and Ms. Deanna West-Torrence will be presenting: How Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dreams Included Farming. The webinar will take place on January 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm-1:30 pm.

Click the link to register for the webinar:

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation, please contact Keegan Hange at Requests made 10 days prior to the event will allow time to arrange accommodations, but every effort will be made to meet requests made after that date.

The webinar will be recorded, and the link to the recording will be shared out to the campus for those who would like to view it later.

Get to know our speakers:

WaltWalt Bonham, founder, The Food Lab, is a consultant, urban farmer, Mansfield, Ohio native, and operator of @TheFoodLabLLC with a passion to build, grow, and feed his community. With a bachelor’s degree in business, minor in economics from Wittenberg University, and a master’s in science management from Ohio Dominican University his educational background drives his grassroots work, while much of what he knows he learned through hard work and dedication outside the classroom. He serves as a board member and one of the founders of the Richland Gro-Op. He has been dedicated to addressing food insecurity in the most sustainable way, by Urban Farming and creating more farmers. Walter Bonham simply wants to help build his community, by encouraging them to eat local, support local farms, and be more aware of what they eat and where it comes from.


DeannaDeanna West-Torrence (Mansfield, Ohio) is the founder and Executive Director of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, a community development corporation,  in 2007 with a mission to improve the quality of life and economic landscape in the North End. NECIC operates several resident-focused programs, leadership, workforce and small business development initiatives all while operating two social enterprises, Temp2Higher Staffing and the recently launched the NECIC Urban Farm. Deanna has the North End and Mansfield community in several capacities including service on Mansfield City Council, Mansfield City School Board of Education, Richland County Regional Planning Commission and Richland County Children Services Board, and countless other boards and committees. Deanna attended the Univ. of Cincinnati, Southern New Hampshire Univ., Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program, and the Center for Creative Leadership’s African American Leadership Program. Deanna trains new non-profits in governance, program and fund dev., strategic planning and creating partnerships. 

Service Opportunity

We will be offering a take-and-make service activity, creating cards for distribution to some local nursing home residents in Wooster.

Materials kits containing cardstock paper and a few colored pencils will be offered for pick up starting the week of January 25th at both the Applewood Village Housing Office and the Student Activities Center.

If anyone would like to use their own materials or greeting cards, they are welcome to do so.

Boxes to collect the cards will be placed in the Housing Office and Student Activities Center. Completed cards will be due back by February 8th, so that they can be distributed in time for Valentine’s Day. 


To view the complete schedule you can also visit the MLK Day of Service website at


Other options for involvement

To find out more information about other ways that MLK Day is being celebrated in the Wooster community, you can check out the College of Wooster MLK Day of Service site:

The national MLK Day of Service website is here: