Service is at the heart of every leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an exceptional leader who fought for racial justice and equality for all Americans. To work toward that Beloved community, one must act on assisting others and bettering our communities. Dr King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” Service is an opportunity for us to live out that legacy, love our neighbors, and make our communities better for all of us. . It allows us to come together across race/ ethnicity, religious background, socioeconomic status and rediscover our common humanity.
Normally, this time of year, we would be gearing up for our MLK Day of Service, an annual gathering of campus and community members giving back to our community. This year, in light of the pandemic, we are unable to gather together in person.
Therefore, we are pleased to announce our 2021 MLK Campaign of Service, a 10-Day campaign for each of us to pledge to live out Dr. King’s commitment to serve others by investing in our communities – wherever we are, however we can. Perhaps we volunteer with a local agency, or write letters. Maybe we collect supplies or donate money to relief efforts. There are myriads of ways we can serve. This year, as individuals, families, and communities have been ravaged by a virus, by racial violence, by economic and racial injustice, we can recommit ourselves to the work that belonged not just to Dr. King, but to the ongoing work that belongs to each of us – to seek justice, to love others, and to make our communities better than we found them.
Pledge your commitment to join us in the 2021 MLK Campaign of Service to demonstrate that renewed commitment yourself and do a tangible action for your community – we have different options for you to choose from or create your own. Our goal is that 1000 campus and community members would join us in living out Dr. King’s legacy by participating in some type of community engagement over these 10 days.
Other ways to join in the commemoration of Dr. King: