Cornell College celebrates life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (KCRG) Lines from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's most memorable speeches echoed through Thomas Commons at Cornell College.

In the center, students made pillows and blankets for patients at University of Iowa hospitals.

"Today is our day of service, it's our kick-off to MLK week,” Hemie Collier said.

Collier is the Director of Intercultural Life. He organized this service project because it helps bring people together.

Which happened with one table, when a group of basketball players met a new student stuffing heart pillows. These students say service is one way to celebrate the life of Dr. King.

"He preached kindness,” Mya Johnson said.

The group is pleased with how many students chose to participate.

"Especially as a student of color at Cornell, I think it's important we shed light on MLK week and MLK as a person,” Johnson said.

Cornell is hosting many events in honor of Dr. King, tomorrow they'll have "Chop it Up Chats." That's where students and staff will talk about people with different backgrounds and experience and how to use this to their advantage with the school's culture.

“Our goal isn't to get people to think like we think. I just want people to have a better understanding of where you're coming from, and I think that's how we're going to move on as a society,” Collier said.

With 80 percent of the student body not from Iowa, Collier says Cornell is an inclusive campus. And his goal is for students to spread these messages into the broader community.