Week of events at UM-Dearborn will honor the life, legacy and achievements of the late civil rights leader

January 9, 2008

DEARBORN / Jan. 9, 2008---To commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a week of programs and events dedicated toward nonviolent social improvement, the development of positive communities and regional reconciliation.

The week will kick off with a Freedom March at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 beginning at the University Center circle drive. The march, presented by campus’s Black Student Union and the National Society of Black Engineers, is a student-led initiative that will conclude with a gathering at the Social Sciences Building.

On Monday, Jan. 21, volunteers from campus and the surrounding community will spend the day helping others in honor of the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which commemorates the achievements of the late civil rights leader.

The campus is collaborating on the event with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Henry Ford Community College and Madonna University.

Volunteers will be dispersed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area to support local community agencies. Among the activities, volunteers will assist Bridging Communities Inc. with elder home beautification initiatives in Southwest Detroit; work hand-in-hand constructing affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity; renovate abandoned homes with Motor City Blight Busters; and partner with Gleaners Community Food Bank to sort/pack donated food items to be delivered to local charities and shelters.

The community service event was established in 1994 by UM-Dearborn and United Way Community Services. Last year, over 400 volunteers visited sites around metropolitan Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools.

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Women’s Resource Center at UM-Dearborn will present its second annual MLK Noon Day Observance Program from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Kochoff Hall.  The event will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and include a performance by members of the UM-Dearborn gospel choir.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Mardigian Library will host a special session of its Read, Eat and Discuss (READ) book club program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. from noon to 1 p.m. in Kochoff Hall. The group will discuss the reading A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Following the book club discussion, the campus will host “Meeting Martin and Malcolm,” an interactive character portrayal of the meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Kochoff Hall.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the campus’s Civic Engagement Project will present “Academic Service-Learning: The Academic Side of Service” from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Room 1225 of the University Center. Participants will learn about the Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows program and the variety of courses now available on campus that utilize community-based service as a way of enhancing student learning and complementing the learning objectives of the course.

Later that evening, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host a fundraising dinner to benefit the development and construction of the King Monument in Washington, D.C. The dinner will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Quad E of the Fairlane Center North Building.

For more information about MLK Day, visit http://www.umd.umich.edu/mlk/ or call the Student Activities Office at 313-593-5390.




CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn