Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service

  • Bridges barriers
  • Empowers individuals
  • Strengthens communities
  • Creates solutions to social problems
  • Moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community

What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?

In 1994 Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off.” Part of United We Serve, the MLK Day of Service calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the most pressing national problems.

MLK Day of Service at Morris

The event was established as a university-community partnership in 2010.

Members of the Morris community gather at various locations to:

  • Participate in service projects
  • Listen to guest speakers
  • Eat together
  • Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The program is supported by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs, Student Engagement & Events, the Office of Community Engagement, student organizations, and by local community partners.