Joplin, MO (SNS) – The annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and Day of Service will be held Monday, Jan. 18, at Missouri Southern State University.

The breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. in Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom. The cost is $10 per person and free for Missouri Southern students children under the age of 5.

The guest speaker will be Judge Jimmie Edwards, 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, St. Louis. He is the founder of the Innovative Concept Academy, located near downtown St. Louis, which offers academic and life skills classes to children not being served by the public school system.

In 2013, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts presented Edwards with the National Center for State Courts’ William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. In 2011, People magazine named him its “Editor’s Choice National Hero” recipient, and Ebony magazine ranked him among its Power 100 Most Influential in America list.

When not in the courtroom or at the Innovative Concept Academy, Edwards serves as an adjunct professor at Webster University and St. Louis University.

The Day of Service will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Participants can choose an organization from a list of non-profits in need of volunteer service. The list is available at

Specific times and services needed vary by organization, and the list notes which locations welcome children volunteers. Contact the organization’s representative directly by referencing the contact information on the list of non-profits.