MLK Day to be Celebrated with Day of Service
Posted on Monday, January 10, 2011 [11:03 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
community will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by taking part
in a national day of service -- and area high school juniors and
seniors are invited to participate.
LWC offices are closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but several events will be held on the
college's A.P. White Campus.
Area high school seniors and juniors are invited to join Lindsey
Wilson faculty, staff and students who will perform service
projects at various non-profit organizations in Columbia-Adair
"Martin Luther King Jr.'s life was about ensuring justice for
all, and one of the ways we can help build a more just society is
to serve others on this day," said Amy Thompson-Wells, LWC director of civic
engagement, director of student leadership and co-director of the
Bonner Leader Program. "Because the area's high school students
already have the day off, we wanted to extend this opportunity to
serve others to them as well."
LWC's MLK activities -- which get under way at 9 a.m. CT on
Monday, Jan. 17 -- will be part of a nationwide Martin Luther King Jr.
National Day of Service, which is a partnership between
businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational
In addition to the service projects in Columbia-Adair County,
Lindsey Wilson's celebration of the day will include a talk about
the life of Martin Luther King Jr. as well as a brief history of
the national holiday.
"It's been more than 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated, and this year will be the silver anniversary of when
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first commemorated as a federal
holiday," Thompson-Wells said. "So we also wanted to use the day to
remind people how far we have come as a country in creating a more
just society for all."
Following the service projects, members of the Lindsey Wilson Bonner Leaders Program will talk
about their ongoing service projects and also discuss ways high
school students can make a difference in their home communities
through service. The day will conclude by 1 p.m. CT.
For more information about Lindsey Wilson's celebration of
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, contact Amy Thompson-Wells at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (270) 384-8689.