Buies Creek, N.C.-A new batch of public service announcements for the national Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, Jan.19, proclaims that all people can serve. In that same vein, Campbell University encourages its students to serve their community through a special MLK Day initiative sponsored by the university's Multi-Cultural Council.
Students can choose from a variety of activities such as participating in a blood drive coordinated through Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, cleaning up the campus by volunteering with the Physical Plant; visiting nursing homes, tutoring other students as well as other service opportunities. Kicking off the day's activities will be Dr. J. Edward Richardson, senior consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in the area of multi-cultural ministries. Richardson will speak on the meaning of service Jan. 19 and 21 at 11 a.m. during the Campbell University Worship (CUW) service.
According to Dr. Edward Fubara, professor of business and a member of the Multi-Cultural Council at Campbell, the goal of the initiative is to make public service a year-round activity rather than just an annual occurrence.
"We're trying to commemorate King's legacy of serving others by supporting this day of service," said Fubara. "I think we've made students more aware of King's accomplishments. And that it isn't just a black or African American thing, but a meaningful contribution to this nation that impacts all of us."