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MLK Week 2014 activities continue the legacy of service

Submitted by KenDrell Collins on January 16, 2014 – 1:29 pmNo Comment

On Monday Jan. 20, the nation will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the greatest voices for the civil rights movement – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will join in on the celebration as well, with an entire week dedicated to service and outreach.

Campus will be closed on Monday, which is MLK Day, allowing students the opportunity to participate in what the Office of Campus Life has dubbed “A Day of Service”.

The activities will take place over the course of the day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Little Rock locations such as Our House, Salvation Army, and the United Cerebral Palsy center. Students who both sign up at the Office of Campus Life and complete the service project will receive a hoodie sweatshirt.

Tuesday will feature a Diversity Scholarship Workshop in which underrepresented students will receive information on applying for scholarships. Sponsoring the event are Diversity Programs, Non-Traditional Student Programs, and UALR Private Scholarships.

Students are encouraged to donate jeans to the Blue Jean Drive, which is set to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 23 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The drop-off site will be in the Solicitation Area of the Donaghey Student Center, near the Conference Services office.  Students will be given a hoodie in exchange for their donation and the joy of knowing that the jeans will go to working homeless individuals at Our House shelter.

Dr. King’s actual birthday is on Jan. 15, but the holiday is celebrated annually on the third Monday in January. President Ronald Regan singed MLK day into law as a national holiday nearly 15 years after King’s assassination.

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