University of Delaware

MLK Day of Service

Continuing the Legacy

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Residence Life & Housing, in collaboration with the Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP), will host the eigth annual MLK Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Traditionally, the national MLK Day of Service is held in January. However, in consideration of the University’s Winter Session, we will observe this day of service in February so that all UD students have the opportunity to serve in honor of Dr. King together.

“Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”

56 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote those words while in a Birmingham city jail cell. Arrested for participating in a nonviolent protest against segregation, King wrote those words as a response to local clergymen who criticized King’s effort to improve the rights of citizens across the United States. Today, many of the issues King describes in his letter still exist today, locally and nationally. Because of this, I invite you to participate in the ninth annual MLK Day of Service on February 23rd, 2019. You will have the opportunity to work with a local service agency on a project alongside other UD students and community members, and make efforts to continue the legacy of Dr. King.

    Outline of the day:

  • 10:00-10:30 am – Registration and Breakfast in the Perkins Student Center West Lounge
  • 10:30-11:45am- Opening speaker, Keynote speaker, and Orientation
  • 12-1pm – Grab & Go Lunch and Depart UD
  • 1-4pm – Work on Service Project at service agency
  • 4:30pm – Arrive back at Perkins Student Center

How can I get involved?

Learn more about our service partners and what projects students will be working on HERE.

Register for the day of service HERE.

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