DURANT –— Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 21.
Although classes will not be held, the University 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 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.
This will mark Southeastern’s 15th consecutive year as 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.
King 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 University students, faculty, staff and community members have participated in this event over the years.
Registration is scheduled for 9-9:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 21) 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 Wapanucka City Water Project and local food banks.
Dr. Camille Phelps, Dean of Students at Southeastern, said, “One of our local communities is in dire need of water and as a result, we will collect water at the GDJ Student Union until the date of distribution on Jan. 21.
“Please bring 1-gallon (or more) water jugs and cases of bottled water to the Office of Student Life, room 307, (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) in the student union.’’
For further information, call 580-745-2947 or 745-2266. Groups and individual volunteers are welcome.