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Week of Service Activities Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, Pepperdine University is hosting a series of service events throughout the week of January 19-23, 2015, called Peace, Hope and Justice Week.  The goal is to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds in service activities to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the "Beloved Community" that Dr. King envisioned.

Peace, Hope and Justice Week aims to engage Pepperdine students, faculty and staff in conversations of social justice and equality. This year, the University community is invited to participate in service activities, lectures, worship, and art projects throughout the Malibu campus and South Los Angeles in an effort to promote equality, peace, and social change here at home.

Highlights from the week include:


Approximately 20 Pepperdine students will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in South L.A. They will volunteer with set up and check-in.


Pastor Phillip Allen, Jr. from Shepherd of the Hills Church will lead a sermon from noon to 1 p.m. at the Malibu campus. He will discuss peace and how it relates to the Gospel of Jesus. Open to Pepperdine community only. 24-hour prayer wall unveiled in Adamson Plaza. Tuesday through Thursday, there will also be a 24-hour prayer tent for students to pray. A six-foot tall cross will be displayed to which students can nail individual prayers. MLK Chapel at 6 p.m. in Stauffer Chapel. Speaker is Bishop Darrell Bush from Deliverance Christian Church, in Pasadena.


Peace, Hope and Justice Fair from 11 am to 2 pm on the Malibu campus featuring over 20 local organizations committed to peace, hope and justice. There will be a DJ, prize giveaways, food, and music.


Worship Mosaic, 8 p.m. - Pepperdine community is invited to worship alongside a variety of student organizations. Intercultural Affairs graduate assistant Alain Datcher will speak about justice as it pertains to contemporary Christians.


Art Walk Contest - Students, faculty and staff are invited to paint images of peace, hope and justice. These pictures will be donated to an elementary school in South L.A. The top three pieces of art will be awarded a prize. The Pepperdine community is also invited to leave their handprint on the rock in Adamson Plaza. At the end of the day, there will be a mosaic of handprints representing peace and unity.