25th Annual MLK Day of Service Set for Jan. 20

Posted January 15, 2020, 2:34PM

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will present its 25th annual Day of Service honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

The signature Day of Service event is sponsored by NCCU’s Office of Community Engagement and Service. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the LeRoy T. Walker Recreation and Sports Complex, 1450 Alston Ave., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to participate in the Day of Service, working with Operation Bed Roll to make sleeping bags from plastic yarn, no-sew blankets, for veterans and military families, develop literacy tools for young readers and more. Community volunteers can register at http://bit.ly/NCCUMLKDayRegistration

Additional celebratory events for King’s life include:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 22: Social advocate and activist Tamika Mallory will be the featured speaker at the university’s Rock the Lyceum lecture series beginning at 7 p.m. in B.N. Duke Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Thursday, Jan. 23: NCCU will host a blood drive in the A.E. Student Union from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation to schedule an appointment using sponsor code NCCU.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29: NCCU’s Departments of Music, Theater and Dance, and Art will collaborate with the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St., to highlight Dr. King’s life, his love of the arts as represented in spirituals, text, poems and visual arts, and how these art forms supported those tireless activists who journeyed with him to achieve civil liberties and freedom. Doors open at 6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. 

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