Moton Museum Site of Longwood’s MLK Service Challenge Kick-Off

January 19, 2009

The Robert Russa Moton Museum was the site of Longwood University’s second Martin Luther King Service Challenge held on January 19, 2009.  While hoping for 40 volunteers, Longwood’s Assistant Director for Volunteer and Service Learning Jen Rentschler was grateful when over 70 participants volunteered to help.

After Rentschler gave opening remarks, Moton Museum Director Lacy Ward welcomed the group and gave a brief history of the museum’s invaluable role in the civil rights movement.  “Do you think that you could stand up like Barbara Johns and her peers to an injustice?” Ward asked Longwood students.

Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello surprised many when he stopped by to commend Longwood’s service commitment honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose vision opened the civil rights door into American equality.  Rep. Perriello said, “It is an honor for us to honor him today with our service.”

Following all remarks, assignments were made.  Students, advisors, professors and Rep. Perriello set out to volunteer in the community.  For additional information and the complete story, please go to The Rotunda –

Longwood University Rotunda