Students devote MLK Day to service to community
Students are encouraged to spend a day in service to the community.
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- More than 225 Slippery Rock University students will be back on campus a day early Monday to take part in the fourth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
The day will focus on community service in the Rev. Dr. King's memory as part of the national day of observance.
Spring semester classes begin Tuesday.
Those planning Slippery Rock's Day of Service have urged the university community to consider the federally set King holiday as a "day on" rather than a "day off."
Participants have been asked to take part in a variety of service projects, including work at Home to Me Inc., Camp Crestfield, Slippery Rock Parks and Recreation, Slippery Rock Food Cupboard, Slippery Rock Personal Care Center and many others.
There are other events occurring that day as well.
Members of the Slippery Rock University community will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast hosted by the Paul Laurence Dunbar Community Center, the American Association of University Women and the Butler YWCA.
The Rev. Phillip Conyers Jr., senior pastor at the Oak Hills Christian Church in Butler, will address the gathering at 8:45 a.m.
There will be a program at 11 a.m. in the University Union featuring Calvin Mackie, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and Tulane University associate professor. The program will include the King Performance Competition in which students, using any form of artistic expression they wish, offer five-minute segments on their thoughts on the life and legacy of Dr. King.
The program will be followed by a luncheon for the volunteers heading to the various service projects.
At 6 p.m., participants return to campus for a candlelight vigil that will march from the University Union to Miller Auditorium for a program where Slippery Rock's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Leadership Awards will be presented. The awards are given to members of the campus community who demonstrate support of civil rights in words and actions.
Frank Hale Jr., dean of diversity and vice provost and professor emeritus at Ohio State University, will address the gathering.