Barry observes 40 Days of Peace

Barry observes 40 Days of Peace

Barry University is observing 40 Days of Peace in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program of events includes service projects, dialogues on social issues, film screenings, and discussions, as well as advocacy efforts.

The events are organized around six themes: human trafficking, poverty and food access, military veterans, domestic violence, refugees in America, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

A deliberative dialogue on campus-based sexual violence, scheduled for February 11, and the College Brides Walk on February 12 are among the major events.

As part of the observance, students as well as faculty and staff are encouraged to take part in daily acts of peace.

On January 16, participants in Barry’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service signed the 40 Days of Peace pledge. Each year, Barry celebrates the late civil rights leader’s birthday with service projects on the Saturday preceding the King Holiday.

Service for Peace has provided a grant toward the events at Barry. According to the non-profit organization, Dr. King “championed the cause of peace and the “Beloved Community.”’

The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is coordinating Barry’s 40 Days of Peace observance with events sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and the Department of Campus Ministry in the Division of Student Affairs, the School of Social Work and its Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, and the Department of Sociology and Criminology in the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • Human Trafficking, January 17–23
  • TRACKS Intergroup Dialogue: Wednesday, January 20
  • “Stand for Hope” concert benefiting human trafficking awareness and education: Thursday, January 21
  • Poverty and Food Access, January 24–30
  • UrbanGreen Works service trip: Monday, January 25
  • TRACKS Intergroup Dialogue: Wednesday, January 27
  • Saturday of Service with Feed My Starving Children: January 30
  • Military Veterans, January 31–February 6
  • Letter-writing campaign in appreciation of military veterans
  • “American Sniper” screening and panel discussion: Thursday, February 4
  • Domestic Violence, February 7–13
  • TRACKS Intergroup Dialogue: Wednesday, February 10
  •  “Sexual Violence on Campus: Are We Propagating a Rape Culture?” Deliberative Dialogue: Thursday, February 11
  • College Brides Walk: Friday, February 12
  • Refugees in America, February 14–20
  • Campaign to support Syrian refugees
  • Florida Immigrant Coalition Lobby Days in Tallahassee: Saturday, February 13–Tuesday, February 16
  • TRACKS Intergroup Dialogue: Wednesday, February, 17
  • “Sin Nombre” screening and discussion: Thursday, February 18
  • Saturday of Service with Life of Freedom Center: February 20
  • The School-to-Prison Pipeline, February 21–26
  • PACT (People Acting for Community Together) Rally: Monday, February 22
  • Little Haiti Optimist Club service trip: Tuesday, February 23
  • TRACKS Intergroup Dialogue: Wednesday, February 24
  • Gang Alternative service trip: Thursday, February 25
  • College Readiness Fair: Saturday, February 27

For the specific times of events and related information, contact the CCSI at or 305-899-3696.