While today is Dr. Martin Luther King’s actual birthday (it would have been his 81st), Monday January 18 is when federal and local governments will observe it. The Graduate School Office and all other college offices will be closed for the day on Monday, and no classes will be held, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy.
A tireless fighter for social justice and equality, Dr. King believed that service to one another was the way to inspire empathy and create understanding between people of all cultures and backgrounds. He once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing to serve others?” In that same spirit, we encourage you to serve others in some way during the holiday created in his honor. Here are some ideas to get you started:
For ways that the College of Charleston is celebrating the MLK Holiday, read this press release. Events on campus include a Unity Fair, a presentation on the historical background behind Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, an exhibition on Dr. King’s depiction in the black press, and a book drive sponsored by the Halsey Gallery. The College also hosts an annual MLK Challenge for teams to do service projects together. The press release includes more information and links for all of these events.
If you’re interested in commemorating the holiday through service in community organizations, the Federal Government website Serve.gov has a searchable database of reputable community organizations asking for volunteers.
We hope these events and calls to service will inspire you to honor Dr. King’s legacy by celebrating the inherent dignity of every human being.