Washington Adventist University has been awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge Mini Grant for the maximum amount of $1,000 by the Michigan Campus Compact in partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Sophia Ward, Ph.D., Student Success and Engagement Specialist,
partnered with Dean Nemeka Mason, First Year Residence Life Coordinator, to apply for the grant in support of WAU’s efforts to engage students in service to honor King.
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Martin Luther King Day will be observed Monday, January 16, 2012, although his birthday is January 15. The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January in honor of the civil rights leader who fought and died for the rights of the suffering and marginalized in the United States.
A number of WAU student groups, including the First Generation Ambassadors and Students in Free Enterprise, will spearhead the project. Local churches, schools and other civic organizations will also be invited to participate.
A number of activities will be held in the days leading up to the holiday including a coat and food drive to be collected and distributed on the actual service day as well as through Adventist Community service in the greater Washington DC area.
On January 16, participants are expected to feed the homeless, distribute hygiene kits and visit the indigent. The closing ceremony will facilitate reflections on the meaning of the day as well as honor one individual who is deemed to exemplify the character of Martin Luther King.
“We are excited to be able to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King in such a tangible manner,” said Ward. “We are pulling together to serve the needy in the community. This is exactly what he would have wanted us to do.”