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Service opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Darryll J. Pines

Dear Campus Community,

Next week, we celebrate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During times of challenge and social injustice, Dr. King stepped forward and spoke out for the disadvantaged, leaving a legacy of action and activism for us to emulate. We can honor his memory by renewing our commitment to his unfinished work. We must continue to forge an inclusive community that relentlessly pursues equity and justice on our campus and in society.

For those seeking opportunities to celebrate and honor Dr. King's legacy in the community, below are events scheduled throughout the region:

Embracing Our Humanity: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday DiscussionSaturday, January 13, 2024PGCMLS-Hyattsville Branch

Nyumburu Cultural Center: In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Monday, January 15, 2024Virtual/Zoom

Montgomery County's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceMonday, January 15, 2014Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk & ParadeMonday, January 15, 2024Washington, DC

LAYC-DC Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceTuesday, January 16, 2024Latin American Youth Center Kaplan Building

The Circle: Honoring the Past and Building a Beautiful Black FutureMonday, February 22, 2024 at 3pmNyumburu Multipurpose Room

Additionally, the City of College Park is hosting free showings of educational children's performances on Monday, January 15, to celebrate the life of Dr. King and the contributions of other prominent African American visionaries.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, (9am & 10am) is a one-man production that will introduce you to the modern civil rights advocate and how this American hero helped to transform our society. This timely program explores the life of Dr. King, beginning with his childhood, to the peak of his career and ultimately to his untimely demise.

The Spirit to Overcome (1pm & 2pm) is a show that follows the first female slave stepping ashore from a slave ship to Michelle Obama, the first African American First Lady. All women of color have faced daily challenges and struggles in the fight against prejudice, bias, social and political limitations. They shared "The Spirit To Overcome."

Space is limited and registration is required, and more information can be found on the City of College Park website.

Finally, if you would like to serve the community throughout the spring semester, please consider joining Terps for Change. For more location volunteer opportunities, please visit Services 24/7.

Signature of President Darryll Pines

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland, College Park

Georgina Dodge Signature

Georgina Dodge
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Patty Perillo

Vice President for Student Affairs