Unity and Service Events to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on January 15, 2020
Joy Washington

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The University of South Alabama and the Mobile community will host several events to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with service projects, community conversations, voter registration, a rally, march and film screening.

USA students, faculty, staff and alumni join the community by participating in the four-day Unity and Service event set for Jan. 16–20. Everyone is encouraged to help inspire a feeling of service and unity in the Mobile community and surrounding areas.

Shannon Shelley-Tremblay, director of community engagement for USA, said each year the University of South Alabama commemorates the MLK holiday weekend by participating in and co-hosting a variety of service, unity and community-building activities with organizations and individuals from across the campus and Mobile.

 “Spearheaded by the People United to Advance the Dream of Mobile, MLK 2020 events are focused on the theme of love. For as Dr. King, said, ‘Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.’ Whether you are interested in participating in conversations to move our community forward, helping to clean up our waterways, participating in the annual MLK March and Rally, celebrating the accomplishments of leaders in our community, registering others to vote, or attending a historical film, there’s something for everyone.”

King was the preacher of non-violence. He is a symbol of peace and truth. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racism. He had a dream to make the world a better place. He was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Ga. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. He spent his life fighting against social injustice.

For more information about participating in any of the many family friendly MLK activities, visit South Serves

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