January 16, 2017, will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. It provides a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service.
The MLK Day of Service
- Bridges barriers
- Empowers individuals
- Strengthens communities
- Creates solutions to social problems
- Moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community
What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
In 1994 Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off.” Part of United We Serve, the MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work toget her to provide solutions to the most pressing national problems.
MLK Day of Service at Morris
The event was established as a university-community partnership in 2010. Members of the Morris community gather at various locations to:
- Participate in service projects
- Listen to guest speakers
- Eat together
- Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The program is supported by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, Student Activities, the Office of Community Engagement, student organizations, and by local community partners.
8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Schedule of Events
Monday, January 16, 2017
Project Option 1: Preparing Morris Community Meal (pre-registration required)
11:15-11:30: Transportation from campus to Faith Lutheran Church for those who need it
11:30-4:00: Free lunch, prepare the meal at Faith Lutheran Church, followed by transportation to East Side Park for the march
Project Option 2: Leading lessons about the Civil Rights Movement at Morris Area Elementary School (pre-registration required)
11:30-1:30: Free lunch and training at UMM
1:30-2:00: Transportation to and check in at school
2:00-3:00: Lead lessons
3:00-4:00: Dialogue with teachers and students, followed by transportation to East Side Park for the march
Project Option 3: Community Dialogues about our hopes for Stevens County (pre-registration required)
1:45-2:00: Transportation from campus to community dialogue sites for those who need it
2:00-4:00: Community dialogue and poster making, followed by transportation to East Side Park for the march
Open to the public (no need to pre-register!)
4:15-4:45: March from East Side Park to Faith Lutheran Church
5:00-5:30: Program at Faith Lutheran Church
5:30-7:00: Morris Community Meal at Faith Lutheran Church
Everyone welcome! To register for a service project click on the 'Register Now' located on this page. Or visit z.umn.edu/mlk2017
Free transportation from campus to all activities. Free parking in all campus lots.
Sponsors: Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs; Office of Community Engagement; Black Student Union; Women of Color Association; Voces Unidas; West Wind Village; Thrivent Financial by Aileen Sperr