“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
—Martin Luther King, Jr., “Conquering Self-Centeredness”, 1957
Each January, we plan events that celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2014, we took a new approach to celebrating MLK day, hosting four events focusing on service and discussion of Dr. King’s philosophy.
We designed the events to focus on a different piece of his expansive philosophy, including fighting poverty, nonviolent social change, and fighting discrimination. Then, each tenet of his philosophy was tied to the realities of life in our society today. Read more.
2016 MLK Celebration Events
In January, we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through several service events!
Access to early childhood education resources for children can be very difficult! One of the organizations providing affordable early childhood education is New River Community Action’s Headstart program. Join us to lend a hand supporting the great work they do, and celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.
What: Serve with the Blacksburg/Christiansburg Headstart, making their site a great place for kids to learn! Tasks will include site beautification, painting, cleaning, and yardwork.
When: Saturday, January 23rd, from 10am -2pm.
Where: Transportation will be provided from Virginia Tech Campus to the service site, and details will be sent when you register.
Questions? Contact Lucy Adams, lucya(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)vt.edu or 540-231-7042.
Ready to join us? Register here. This trip is capped at 10 participants, and is first come, first serve.
Martin Luther King Daycare Facelift
This event paired students with organizations serving children in the New River Valley to spruce up daycare centers. By leading a team in helping to revitalize the community or joining a team, our students worked to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service four years in a row.
Student leaders planned these service project with local childcare centers. They were responsible for meeting with their service site to develop a plan for their project according to the service site’s needs.
With a budget of $100 for project materials (i.e. paint, brushes, construction materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), teams and individuals completed some great projects. Check out their work below!