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UNT to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan.19

2010 MLK march Alpha Kappa Alpha
 
In one of his many speeches, Martin Luther King Jr. described life’s most persistent and urgent question as “What are you doing for others?”

UNT students will respond to that question as the university observes the annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 19. The day is being celebrated two days after the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 because UNT will be closed Monday for the holiday.

The MLK Day of Service, “Have A Minute? Change the World,” will offer students service projects that can be completed very quickly, such as creating a get-well card for a child with cancer, signing up to be added to a bone marrow registry, donating spare change to a charity, and learning about sustainability and green living and receiving seeds to plant later.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Leadership and Service, the projects will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard and One O’Clock Lounge of the University Union and from 2010 MLK march downtown Dentonnoon to 2 p.m. at the Discovery Park campus. Films about King will be shown while students are participating in the service projects.

In addition, portraits of King and his famous I Have a Dream speech from Aug. 28, 1963, will be displayed at the Discovery Park campus on Jan. 18 and in the University Union on Jan. 21.

On the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 17, UNT will be the site of the start of the annual march sponsored by the City of Denton and the UNT chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity. At 3 p.m., UNT students will meet outside the University Union for a rally coordinated by Alpha Kappa Alpha before walking about three miles to Denton’s MLK Jr. Recreation Center, located at 1300 Wilson St. During the walk, the students will meet up with Denton community members at Fred Moore Park. A celebration to end the day will begin at 5 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center.

This year will mark the 25th observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. The federal holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The holiday has been officially observed in all 50 states since 2000. The MLK Day of Service was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and is now a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative.

Pictured above and below is the February 2010 MLK march.

2010 MLK march

Posted on: Fri 14 January 2011

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