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Martin Luther King III to open Month of Kindness

by Karen Singer - October 31, 2005

The University will begin its fifth Month of Kindness with a speech by Martin Luther King III, a human and civil rights leader and the eldest son of renowned civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are proud that the Month of Kindness, which began at UConn five years ago, has become a national model in bringing awareness to unselfish acts,” says Sarah Boltuch, a senior who is public relations chair for the program.

“Colleges across the United States are following in our footsteps and bringing the Month of Kindness to their campuses.”

Established in 2001 at UConn’s Hillel, the Month of Kindness promotes random, unselfish acts of compassion and consideration as well as tolerance for all people. Students are encouraged to get involved through hosting or actively participating in events that define “kindness” according to different students’ and organizations’ perspectives, she says.

This year’s events, in addition to the opening event, include an a cappella charity concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity and Hurricane Katrina relief on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., in Rome Ballroom. The concert includes UConn vocal groups The Conn Men, Rudy Fruit, Cordials, Completely Different Note, Extreme Measure, and A Minor.

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