Martin Luther King Week of Celebration

Photo courtesy of umd.umich.edu
Photo courtesy of umd.umich.edu

By YVONNE TOMEI, Staff Writer

As we begin the winter semester, the University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of Martin Luther  King Day of Service, one of our biggest and most cherished campus traditions.

Starting Monday the week of January 20, 2014, over 400 student volunteers from our very own campus and Henry Ford Community college will be turning a day off into a day of service along with historical informational services each day for the rest of that week. Students will be dispersed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area to support local community businesses in fulfilling their valuable missions.

Volunteers are attending a field trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Buses will depart at 2pm and return to campus by 5:30 pm. If you are interested in attending you can sign up in the Office for Student Engagement 2136 UC.

On Tuesday January 21, In Kochoff Hall “C” at 12pm and 6pm you can Join the Women’s Resource Center in celebrating the life of Dr. King by attending a film screening of Betty and Coretta.

Wednesday January 22, there will be a Roe Vs. Wade anniversary located at the US Stage from 10am to 4pm.

On Thursday January 23, at 180 FCS a discussion will be taken place of the graphic novel “March: Book One” by Congressman John Lewis (Georgia). Note that there is limited supply of free copies of the book. Also, “Engaging Student Voice in Education: Empowering Students to Realize Their Potential” workshop is at 4:30 pm with guest facilitator, Truman Hudson, Jr. Ed.D.

Ending off the events this week Friday January 24, you can “donate without breaking your bank” (by extreme couponer Karen Holland). Students may attend to learn tips and strategies to maximize your donation dollar through sales/coupons and specials. This event starts at 12 pm in 2122 UC.

The historical events are going to be taking place to honor the memory of this courageous American Icon. Martin Luther King strived for social change without using acts of violence. He put up an endless fight against racial segregation while promoting peace and preservation of life in the process.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech spoken in front of 200,000 people was most famous for it’s passion and grace.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

King persuaded hundreds of thousands of blacks and other supporters of civil rights to participate in organized boycotts, strikes, marches, voter-registration drives, as well as to disobey unjust laws, such as lunch-counter segregation, arrest, and brutal violence.

Martin Luther King’s leadership and courage during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s made a lasting impact on society, not just in the United States, but also around the world.

If students or volunteers have any questions regarding any of these events please contact Jonathan Larson, Chair of the MLK celebration Committee at 313-436-9142 or by email, jonalars@umich.edu.