The deadline to reserve a spot for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast — to be held at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19 — is approaching.

Reservations are needed by Tuesday, Jan. 13, said Faustina Abrahams, MSSU first year advising coordinator and chairperson of the Diversity Committee, which sponsors the annual observance.

King’s legacy will be celebrated at Missouri Southern with the annual breakfast, a day of service, a volunteer fair and guest lectures from the co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

Kelly Shoenbaur-Sales will speak during the breakfast.

Kelly Shoenbaur-Sales will speak during the breakfast.

“What are you doing for others?” – a question posed by King – will be a central theme of the event, said Abrahams.

“We gather to reflect on the past accomplishments of those gone before us, but also to contemplate on what we can do now to make a positive difference and receive inspiration to continue the journey for a better America,” she said.

The guest speaker for the breakfast will be Kelly Shoenbauer-Sales, the adult drug/juvenile diversion and drug court administrator for the 29th Judicial Circuit.

Tickets are $5 per person and free for students and can be purchased at the MSSU ticket office or online at

Day of service

A day of service will follow the breakfast. Community members, faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to select from organizations listed on the website that are in need of volunteers. The site offers a description of volunteer assistance that is needed, times and how many people are required.

Volunteer and Resource Fair

Area volunteer, non-profit and resource organizations will be on hand for the Volunteer and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the lobby of Billingsly Student Center. They will offer information about their organization and welcome new volunteers.

Phil Dixon

Phil Dixon

Guest lecturer Phil S. Dixon

Phil S. Dixon, co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, will present “The Unsung Heroes of Negro League Baseball” at 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

He will talk about how small towns in Missouri and Kansas played an integral role in the integration of baseball both at the university and professional levels. Admission is free and open to the public.