Southeastern to celebrate MLK Day of Service


DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16.

Although classes will not be held, Southeastern invites everyone to make it a Day On, honoring King’s memory by joining the Day of Service.

Southeastern will join the nation in pausing for the 25th celebration of his legacy. In the spirit of King’s vision, the Corporation for National and Community Service has sponsored the Day of Service since 1994.

For the past 13 years, Southeastern has been a part of the MLK Jr. Day of Service.

As King once said, “everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”

The concept of service was at the heart of his philosophy. He believed that a person’s worth should not be measured by his or her color, culture or class, but rather by his or her commitment to making a better life for all.

He said that a definition of a successful life must include service to others. He sought to forge the common focus of service to others by breaking down the social and economic barriers that divide our nation.

The Day of Service is organized by Southeastern’s Office of Student Life and the Multicultural Office.

More than 1,000 Southeastern students, faculty, staff and community members have participated in this event in the past.

Registration is scheduled for 9-9:30 a.m. Monday in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union auditorium. Breakfast will be from 9:30-10 a.m. and the service aspect of the program is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Service areas will be the Durant Independent School District and local food banks.

Groups and individual volunteers are welcome.

-Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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