Worcester State University
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our Purpose

Worcester State University hosted the 20th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast on January 18, 2014, at our Student Center. The purpose of the Breakfast is to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and achievements of Worcester’s youth.

Co-sponsors of the Breakfast include: the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Conference and Event Services, Chartwells, the Latino Education Institute, the Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights, Publications and Printing Services, the Worcester Youth Commission, and Friendly House.

Worcester Public and Parochial Schools

Public and parochial high school students are involved in the planning and development of the program’s agenda each year. The all-youth program consists of poetry, dance, music and readings based on Dr. King’s life and teachings.

Students from both school systems competed in a poetry-writing contest addressing Dr. King’s philosophy, principles and goals around non-violence, unity, equality, and ending racism and discrimination. This project requires that students research Dr. King’s life and become knowledgeable about the power of non-violence and the importance of civic responsibility.

In partnership with Worcester Academy, an annual poster contest showcased our youth’s creative and artistic representations of Dr. King.

Dr. George Storms Smith Youth Service and Community Service Awards

Each year, the program also honors and celebrates the contributions of leaders around the city who continue to provide opportunities and pathways for Worcester’s youth.

  • The Dr. George Storms Smith Youth Service Award recognizes an individual within the city who has demonstrated exceptional service to our youth.
  • The Dr. George Storms Smith Community Service Award recognizes a youth of 20 years old or younger whom exemplifies the teachings of Dr. King through distinguished community service and academic achievement.

Worcester State University Student Scholarships

As a commitment to the legacy of Dr. King and our students, we award two scholarships to Worcester State University students who exemplify the teachings of Dr. King through distinguished community services, demonstrated youth involvement and academic achievement. The scholarship was established in order to assist students with their academic expenses. It is a one-time award of $500.

* The Breakfast was held in addition to a city-wide community breakfast at Quinsigamond Community College on January 20, 2014.


  Photo Gallery of 2014 Event
  Photo Gallery of 2013 Event
  Photo Gallery of 2012 Event
  Office of Multicultural Affairs

Contact Info

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Marcela Uribe-Jennings
Director and Assistant Dean



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