Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Activities 2013

Posted on 1/18/2013 11:32:16 AM

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is January 21, 2013. It is a time to reflect upon the teachings, work, and legacy of one of the nation’s heroes who worked for the betterment and improvement of all people.

Dr. King stated that “everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Thus, Dr. King’s holiday is often noted as a “day on, not off,” and citizens are asked to involve themselves in a variety of volunteer community service activities.

This year, the U.S. President has named January 19, 2013, as the National Day of Service. Thus, service activities can be conducted on this day as well. Service should be more broadly defined, e.g., from participating in an educational workshop/performance to attending a dedication or tribute program; donating to the less fortunate; serving a few hours at a nonprofit, social improvement/development agency; and performing other acts of kindness.

Below are several events that will be going on in the Indiana community that will be available for your participation. Feel free to do so as your schedule permits.

  1. The Indiana Department of Human Services collected school supplies/personal hygiene items to donate to a number of agencies from January 14–18, 2013, and will distribute the donations on MLK Day, January 21.
  2. The Indiana NAACP will hosts its annual MLK Freedom March and Fellowship Celebration on Saturday, January 19. The march begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Indiana Courthouse and will proceed to Grace United Methodist Church for the fellowship program at (11:00 a.m. and lunch at noon. Free! All are welcome.
  3. The African American Cultural Center at IUP (AACC) will display a Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Month exhibit in Stapleton Library entitled “African Americans and the United States: Embracing the Past, Building the Future,” opening on January 21 and concluding February 28. The exhibit can be seen daily during regular library hours on the first floor of Stapleton. Free!
  4. The American Red Cross will host the Indiana Community Blood Drive on January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rustic Lodge. Volunteers and blood donors are needed. Walk-ins are welcome, but the preference is to schedule an appointment in advance. To do so, contact the AACC at 724-357-2455. This event is the annual MLK Blood Drive and is cosponsored by the AACC, the IUP Women’s Club, the Indiana NAACP, and many other community agencies and businesses. Donations of food items are also needed.

All of the above events are free. For further information, please contact the AACC at 724-357-2455. Also, please let us know at the AACC if you participate in an activity during the MLK Holiday weekend. Thank you.