VSU celebrates MLK Jr. with community events

Community service projects, a walk and more are planned this weekend to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Valdosta State University is celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community service projects, a walk and more this weekend.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, VSU volunteers will give back to the community through four day-of-service projects – painting with Habitat for Humanity; provide organizing, shredding, tagging and other services to The Salvation Army; collecting socks and blankets and writing letters of encouragement for patients at Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center; and help clean campus grounds.

At 11 a.m. Monday, the Mu Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the student chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will lead a march to commemorate King’s contributions to the civil rights movement and the progress made by the country. during this decades-long struggle – and to recognize the ongoing pursuit of social justice that continues today. This event is open to the public.

The march will start at the fountain in the University Center, take Brookwood Drive towards Patterson Street, turn right on Patterson Street and end at the Student Union Steps. After a candlelight vigil, walkers will be invited inside for a bar of hot chocolate, followed by a town hall – “A Discussion on Dichotomy: The Power of Dreams Against the Pains of Reality” – at 11:45 a.m.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1929, King became the iconic face of the civil rights movement in the mid-1900s, dedicating his life to ending racial injustice in the United States until his assassination in 1968.

“King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest,” according to History.com. “He was the driving force behind such landmark events as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped pass such important legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Human Rights Act. of voting. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and has been commemorated annually on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

VSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is presented by the Department of Student Diversity and Inclusion, NAACP Student Chapter, Mu Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Student Government Association, the Black Student League and Collegiate Men. .

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