Jean drive planned to observe MLK Week
The Office of Campus Life’s Diversity Programs will celebrate Martin Luther King Day by hosting, a Blue Jean Clothing Drive to benefit Our House, a Little rock shelter for the working homeless, on Monday, Jan. 21, through Thursday, Jan. 24.
Students can participate by bringing pairs of jeans and attending any of the four events held throughout the week beginning with a viewing of the presidential inauguration 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Trojan Grill, located just west of the University Commons building.
On Tuesday, students can enjoy refreshments and fellowship while celebrating King’s legacy in the Donaghey Student Center Upper Concourse. The gathering will commence at 11 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday, the Blue Jean Clothing Drive will continue in the DSC solicitation area from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kara Matthews, diversity programs coordinator, said she would urge students to attend each day, particularly the final two which she referrers to as “our highlight days.”
Students who donate a pair of jeans to the drive will receive a free T-shirt honoring King.
With Black History Month to follow the conclusion of events in honor of King, Matthews said she is proud of UALR’s display of appreciation for not only one of the country’s most celebrated figures, but the broader richness of Black History as well.
“I think we do a wonderful job of recognition,” Matthews said. “With the inauguration scheduled to take place on the same day, as well as the many different programs UALR has been affiliated with in conjunction with the MLK commission, there’s a great tradition of diversity that goes back.”