UNT to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with one-minute service projects on Jan. 19

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In one of his many speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. described "life's most persistent and urgent question" as "What are you doing for others?"

University of North Texas students will respond to that question as the university observes the annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 19 (Wednesday). The day is being held two days after the national holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17 (Monday) because the university will be closed for the holiday.

The MLK Day of Service, "Have A Minute? Change the World," will offer students service projects that can be completed very quickly, such as creating a get-well card for a child with cancer, signing up to be added to a bone marrow registry, donating spare change to a charity, and learning about sustainability and green living and receiving seeds to plant later.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Leadership and Service, the projects will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the courtyard and One O'Clock Lounge of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets, and from noon to 2 p.m. at UNT's Discovery Park campus, which is located at 3940 N. Elm St. in Denton. Films about King will be shown while students are participating in the service projects.

In addition, portraits of King and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from Aug. 28, 1963, will be displayed at the Discovery Park campus on Jan. 18 (Tuesday) and in the University Union on Jan. 21 (Friday).

On the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 17 (Monday), UNT will be the site of the start of the annual march sponsored by the City of Denton and the UNT chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity. At 3 p.m., UNT students will meet outside the University Union for a rally coordinated by Alpha Kappa Alpha before walking about three miles to Denton's MLK Jr. Recreation Center, located at 1300 Wilson St. During the walk, the students will meet up with Denton community members at Fred Moore Park, located at 500 S. Bradshaw St. A celebration to end the day will begin at 5 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center.

This year will mark the 25th observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. The federal holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The holiday has been officially observed in all 50 states since 2000. The MLK Day of Service was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and is now a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative. 

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