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Friday, January 15, 2021

NKU Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual MLK Day Celebration


Northern Kentucky University celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual Day of Community Service on Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.
 
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The virtual event continues NKU's rich history of service and engagement. More than 1,500 members of the campus community have honored Dr. King by volunteering and giving back to the region over the past two years. Given the constraints of the pandemic, this year’s program will focus on education and remote events.
 
"The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals from all walks of life to work together and create solutions that eliminate the social and economic inequities that persist to this day,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya. “I am proud that this has become an annual tradition at NKU, and this day upholds the lasting impact we continue to make within our society.”
 
Hosted by NKU's Division of Student Affairs, the program features a keynote presentation led by Alonzo Jones, a well-renowned speaker with more than 25 years of higher education experience. Jones will deliver his signature program exploring the life of Dr. King and moderate a panel discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion with members of the NKU community.
 
“Community Service is a quality I have long admired in NKU. I could not be more excited to join my new community with an event that not only honors Dr. King but further inspires our campus to make a difference,” said Dr. Eddie Howard, Vice President for Student Affairs. "While we may not be together in person for this day, there are still ways to serve and have a collective impact within the community safely. Service and donations are still as important as ever.”
 
Jan. 18 Schedule for MLK Day of Service

10 a.m.           Opening Ceremonies
Featuring University administration and student performances

10:20 a.m.     Keynote by Alonzo Jones
Race, Rationalization and Humanness: A look into the Life of Dr. King

10:50 a.m.     Panelist Discussions
Moderated by Alonzo Jones

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