Joplin, MO (SNS) – While classes will not be held on Monday, Jan. 19, at Missouri Southern State University in observance of Martin Luther King Day, the annual MLK Breakfast and Day of Service will kick off several days of events planned to honor the memory of the civil rights leader.

Other activities include the Pack the Platt event on Jan. 21, and a screening of “The Soloist” on Jan. 22.


MLK Breakfast: 8 a.m., Connor Ballroom, Billingsly Student Center. The guest speaker for the annual breakfast will be Kelly Shoenbauer-Sales, the adult drug/juvenile diversion and drug court administrator for the 29th Judicial Circuit. The breakfast will be followed by a Day of Service.


Volunteer and Resource Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., second floor of Billingsly Student Center. Area volunteer and nonprofit organizations will visit with students and community members about volunteer opportunities and resources that are available.


“The Unsung Pioneers of Negro League Baseball”: 1 and 7 p.m., Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. Guest speak Phil S. Dixon – co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City – will talk about how small towns in Missouri and Kansas played an important role in the integration of baseball at the university and professional levels. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pack the Platt: Support MSSU basketball by helping to fill all 3,200 seats in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. One-thousand free tickets are available through Joplin and Webb City Commerce Bank locations as well as The Joplin Globe. The women will take on Northwest Missouri State at 5:30, followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.


“The Soloist”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre, Billingsly Student Center. The MSSU Wellness program will screen the 2009 film, about a journalist who discovers a talent musician living on the streets. Admission is free; popcorn and snacks will be available.


Art exhibition: Spiva Art Gallery. The exhibit, which features works by New York artists Natalia Zubko and Jen Waters, will be on display through Feb. 12. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.