Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BELIEVED in the power of service.
As so eloquently stated by Dr. King, everybody can be great because anyone can serve! What better way to celebrate his memory and his mission than by engaging ourselves in community service? Too many people see the MLK Holiday as just another day off. Our hope is that the MLK Service Challenge helps Longwood see this holiday as a "day on" and not a day off. We want to challenge faculty, staff and students to CELEBRATE by remembering Dr. King's words and giving back to their community.
Thursday, Jan. 26—Roland S. Martin Keynote Address. 4 p.m., Blackwell Ballroom. A journalist and author, Martin hosts the only African-American-focused morning news program on TV One, which is available in more than 55 million households.
Friday, Jan. 27—Movie and Discussion: All The Way. 6 p.m., Moton Museum. President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his first year in the Oval Office, struggles between competing forces to pass historic civil rights legislation. Starring Bryan Cranston as Johnson.
Saturday, Jan. 28—MLK Bus Trip: National Museum of African American History and Culture. Students will take a trip through the past to explore the civil rights movement and the challenges the U.S. faced during that time, and will be prompted to connect the experience to current events and their own experiences at Longwood. Tickets are $5. Register at: blogs.longwood.edu/longwoodmlk/
"If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.
And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant."
The Drum Major Instinct—February 4, 1968; Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.