On Martin Luther King Day…
Monday, Jan. 21, is the national holiday commemorating the 84th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is an important day not just for African Americans, but for all Americans.
To honor Dr. King, I encourage you to do three things: serve, celebrate, and reflect.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will not conduct classes or hold regular business hours on Monday, Jan. 21. However, I ask that you consider making it a "day on" rather than a "day off." Dr. King's life was predicated on service, so consider taking part in a service activity.
The MLK Day of Service website http://mlkday.gov/ is a good place to start. You can also check your local newspaper for service activities, ask at your church, or organize your own MLK Day of Service program.
Numerous area celebrations are planned to honor Dr. King. Monday at noon, our colleagues at Gateway Technical College hold their annual MLK Celebration on the main campus at 3520 30th Ave. in Kenosha http://bit.ly/10A3LPN.
Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., the 14th Annual UW-Parkside MLK Celebration takes place in the Main Stage Theatre of The Rita. This year's theme is "The Journey and The Dream." It would mean a great deal to me to have you join us for an evening of music and inspiration. Learn more at http://bit.ly/W7AFjh.
At some point Monday, I urge you to take a few minutes to reflect on Dr. King's life. His commitment to nonviolent change touched each of us, making us better people and making this a better country. The King Center website http://www.thekingcenter.org/ is an excellent source of information and inspiration.
Martin Luther King Day gives us the opportunity to serve as he did, celebrate his life, and reflect on his legacy. In your own way, please help make the holiday of Dr. King's 84th birthday one that makes our community a better place to live.
Senior Diversity Officer