MLK day of service honors King's legacy

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Jan. 10, 2013

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On MLK holiday Jan. 16, 2011, volunteers from across campus planted trees, painted arts facilities and sorted medical supplies for overseas clinics as part of Emory's Day On. Photo by Kim Urquhart.

Sign up for the 2013 Emory's Day On service event on Monday, Jan. 21 as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Emory celebrates the life and work of King for a week with events and activities.

"Remembering Martin Luther King Through Service" on Jan. 21 is the volunteer component of the celebration. Volunteers from the Emory community honor King with commitment to service through community work at various nonprofit agencies in Atlanta.

Some of the organizations participants can choose from include: Medshare; United Methodist Children's Home; Trees Atlanta; Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association; and the African Children's Fund.

Also on Jan. 21, a presidential Inauguration Viewing Party will be held in the Winship Ballroom before departures to the various service sites.

In addition, participants can sign up for an optional trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Register to participate in Emory's Day On by Jan. 15. For more information, contact Volunteer Emory's Alexis Irby at adirby@emory.edu or Tess Komarek at tkomare@emory.edu.

More King Week activities

King Week activities continue Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a keynote panel, "Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Personal Testimonies," and a reception.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Emory students, faculty and staff read King's words at noon in Dobbs University Center.

Discussion forums for women and men on ethnicity, culture and education are held in the afternoon.

The annual choral concert and birthday cake celebration will be that evening at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams will keynote the community service awards presentation. This will be followed by a panel discussion on "Civil Rights and Service."  A jazz vesper service will be held at 7 p.m.

The week concludes with the annual ecumenical service at Oxford College on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Two exhibits, one through the month of January in the Dobbs University Center main gallery and one beginning Feb. 21 in the Woodruff Library's Schatten Gallery, complement the events.

For the full schedule of events, see the King Week calendar.