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Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service

The Diversity Resource Center sponsors an annual series of service projects in the South Puget Sound area to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The UW Tacoma program, which takes places over several days in order to accommodate student schedules, is organized as part of the national MLK Jr. Day of Service, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Staff, students, faculty, family members and friends are all invited to participate!

"The King Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or senior center, or it may meet a need of the spirit, such as building a sense of community or mutual responsibility. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers."
— www.mlkday.gov

How can I learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

  • The King Center
    Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.
  • Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
    This autobiography/biography was first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures, here it is presented by Nobelprize.org.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service - Nation-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Website
    In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.

Related courses at UW Tacoma

  • T HIST 220: African American History: 1619 - 1865
  • T HIST 221: African American History: 1865 - 1945
  • T HIST 222: African American History: 1945 - Present
  • T HIST 416: Life and Thought: Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Angela Davis
  • T HIST 419: African-American Culture and Consciousness
  • T HIST 441: Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
  • TPOL S 456: Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective

For updated information on these courses, visit the UW Tacoma Catalog or Registration Guide

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