The 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week recently concluded, leaving students and community members with a sense of fulfillment and understanding. The week themed, “Deconstructing the Dream: At Whose Expense?” was a celebration of King, honoring his life and work. This very community based week upholds MLK Jr.’s legacy and stimulates conversation and education within society.
Events began on Monday, Jan. 15 with the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service where students were given the chance to volunteer and provide service both on campus and around Centre County with partnering associations, facilities, and businesses. Dedicated to promoting civic engagement, community volunteering, civic responsibility, and sustained active citizenship among diverse groups, MLK Day of service encourages and facilitates civic engagement within the community.
Participation in this event has grown steadily over the past few years, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King's life and teachings.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life in service to others. Following his example, millions of Americans serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and during commemoration week. Whether it be at our libraries, at a local shelter, a botanical garden, or helping a friend – we join Dr. King as advocates for justice and peace.
"A day on, not off”, MLK Day of Service continues to engage volunteers and positively impact the community. It involves Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
Allowing us to ponder the question: What are we doing for others?