By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Bucking the trend for today’s holiday to be just one bookend of a three-day weekend, organizers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday in Oxford are taking seriously the motto, “A day on, not a day off.”
Area residents and students are expected to turn out by the hundreds for the National Day of Service at the Oxford Activity Center.
Dr. Marvin King, associate professor of political science at the University of Mississippi, will launch the observance with a keynote at today’s general assembly, beginning at 10 a.m. His presentation will be followed by a video that jointly features the Ole Miss and Mississippi State University VISTA programs.
Participants of all ages can learn MLK history, enjoy books presented by volunteer readers with the Lafayette County Literacy Council and Square Books Jr. or play educational games. They can also make “I Have a Dream” posters or help create an MLK art quilt that will hang in the Lafayette County-Oxford Public Library.
Local volunteers will work on a variety of community projects around Oxford, joining their efforts with Americans participating in MLK Day of Service projects in all 50 states.
“This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to help advance economic opportunity and take action to solve problems in their communities,” said Volunteer Oxford Director Kelly Graeber. “It’s great that we have enough volunteers to serve during this national day of service so that others in our community can … learn about Dr. King and honor his legacy.”
Volunteer Oxford, the McLean Institute and the Office of the Dean of Students/Volunteer Services at the University of Mississippi, the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and the Oxford Park Commission worked together to plan the event.
While Oxford’s MLK Day observance is free to the public, participants are encouraged to bring items such as household items, toiletries, kids’ games, school supplies and office supplies to support Doors of Hope Transition Ministries, the Boys & Girls Club of Oxford and Excel by 5 Coalition.
For more information on this event or volunteering in the community, contact Volunteer Oxford at (662) 236-6662 or visit www.volunteeroxford.org.