Martin Luther King Day is coming up soon, and we at Repair the World are psyched. As a nationally recognized day of service that celebrates one of America’s greatest civil rights heroes, we always look forward to MLK Day. But this year, we are getting ready to Turn the Tables, our initiative to inspire the Jewish community to promote the principles of Dr. King’s work and work together to create a more just society.
Repair the World’s fellows are helping to lead the charge on Turn the Tables Shabbat Suppers and service events in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. Here, we caught up with Rebecca Sufrin, a Repair the World Fellow in Pittsburgh, to find out what’s on tap for MLK Day weekend.
What do you have planned for MLK Day weekend?
Pittsburgh is involved in a variety of dynamic events this MLK Day weekend. On Friday, January 16th we are hosting a Turn the Tables: Shabbat Dinner with J’BURGH, a Pittsburgh based group committed to connecting and developing opportunities among Jewish graduate students and young professionals. Turn the Tables, a campaign from Repair the World, challenges communities to recognize the signs of inequality all around them and identify paths towards a future where race no longer determines access to justice. We will be welcoming Shabbat over a kosher vegetarian meal while examining issues of racial inequality.
On Sunday, January 18th we are hosting an MLK Listening Party along with two organizations, Moishe House Pittsburgh and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, one of East Liberty’s most influential hubs for dance, theater, music, and live art. This event will serve as an opportunity to engage in relevant discussion by listening to and reflecting upon the speeches and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Then, on Monday, January 19th our ongoing MLK Day of Service School Supplies Drive will come to a close as we host a group of students from the University of Pittsburgh to organize and prepare the supplies for distribution. The drive was developed to benefit the after-school programs of Higher Achievement, Neighborhood Learning Alliance, and Assemble, three of our education justice partners. Throughout the day, we will also be volunteering and participating in two local MLK Day events.
What are you most excited about?
As a native Pittsburgher, I am most excited about experiencing MLK Day from such an immersive standpoint through Repair the World. I am eager to see how East Liberty and surrounding communities celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and I am hoping to truly ignite a passion in others to pursue social justice.
How can people get involved?
Getting involved in our MLK Weekend begins with RSVPing! We are asking folks who wish to attend our Turn the Tables events to reserve their spot for the Shabbat Dinner and Listening Party.
Additionally, we will be accepting school supply donations for our MLK Day of Service School Supplies Drive throughout the weekend. Drop box locations are located at the Union Project (801 N. Negley Avenue) as well as our workshop (6022 Broad Street). We also encourage folks to attend both East Liberty Celebrates MLK and Exploring our Differences, Together as they are two amazing events open to the community!
Find out more and get involved on Repair the World: Pittsburgh’s Facebook page.