The Newseum, the only museum dedicated to news in the world, in Washington, D.C will host it’s first Martin Luther King Day Event on Sunday January 16, 2010.
As the nation marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Kraft Foods is celebrating King’s legacy of volunteerism.
On the eve of the holiday, Kraft Foods will unite with the Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for America’s Sunday Supper. The first-time event will bring together panelists from around the country to celebrate King’s passion for service and to share volunteer experiences and insights, opening a public dialogue of how to turn the conversation into action. The event will be streamed live starting at 6 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 16, at
“Volunteerism is a fundamental piece of who we are at Kraft Foods, so celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a natural tie-in for us,” said Nicole Robinson, Vice President of the Kraft Foods Foundation, who will attend America’s Sunday Supper in Washington, D.C. “We are proud to support our partners at HandsOn Network for the 25th anniversary of this significant holiday to honor Dr. King and celebrate his passion for giving back and making our communities better, together.”
In addition, Kraft Foods employees in Chicago, East Hanover, N.J., Tarrytown, N.Y., and Madison, Wis., will come together to donate their time over the holiday weekend at a variety of volunteer events in their communities. These will focus on serving schools, seniors, children and adults with special needs, as well as fighting hunger and encouraging healthy lifestyles. A complete list of MLK Day of Service events is available on the HandsOn site.
The Kraft Foods Foundation will also match employee cash donations in honor of the MLK holiday, up to $250,000, resulting in a net $750,000 to various nonprofit organizations.
Panelists attending America’s Sunday Supper include Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in chief of The Huffington Post; Olympian Carl Lewis; and former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo. Moderating the panel will be Juan Williams, Fox News national political correspondent and author.
But the Supper isn’t limited to the nation’s capital. People across the country are encouraged to take inspiration from King by hosting their own Sunday Supper this weekend to unite neighbors, co-workers and friends from diverse backgrounds to talk about issues critical to their own communities.
These local Suppers can also serve as viewing parties of America’s Sunday Supper. Viewers of the live broadcast can engage during the broadcast by submitting questions.