January 18, 2016, 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.
7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Schedule of Events
Monday, January 18, 2016
12 p.m. Registration and Pre-service Training Oyate Hall, Student Center, UMM
12:45 p.m. Opening Program Oyate Hall, Student Center, UMM
1 p.m. Service Projects Service site locations
4 p.m. March From East Side Park to Faith Lutheran Church (weather permitting)
4:30 p.m. Post Reflection Welcome/Remarks: Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson Faith Lutheran Church (108 W 8th Street)
5 p.m. Keynote Address: Elliot James Faith Lutheran Church
5:30 p.m. Free Community Meal Featuring Foods of Oppression Faith Lutheran Church
To honor King’s commitment to non-violence and community development, volunteers will be collecting funds for two worthy causes: Someplace Safe and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will collect donations for Someplace Safe by knocking on doors in Morris from 1 until 4 p.m. In exchange, they will shovel and salt driveways, sidewalks, and decks as needed. Please consider taping a check in an envelope to your front door if you won’t be home. Donations for Habitat for Humanity will be collected at Willie’s Supervalu and Shopko.
Everyone welcome! To register for a service project click on the 'Register Now' located on this page.
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; Lazos; RiverWood Bank; Homeland Mortgage, LLC