ROCK HILL, S.C. - Through community service, a candlelight vigil and other activities, Winthrop University will honor the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15-16.
King’s birthday is observed as an official federal holiday and a state holiday on the third Monday of January. There will be no classes on Monday, Jan. 16, at Winthrop and offices will be closed.
A Nobel Peace prizewinner, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray at a Memphis motel in 1968.
Winthrop’s celebration, under the direction of the Martin Luther King Jr. committee within the Division of Student Life, will include the following events that are open to the public:
Sunday, Jan. 15
* Celebration of Life Event
6 p.m., Dina’s Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center
This free event focuses on three King-centered themes: the Movement, the Struggle and the Celebration. Complete with re-enactments, this event will teach and educate attendees on King’s life, as well as his contributions to the country and the civil rights movement. This is an approved cultural event for Winthrop students.
Monday, Jan. 16
* Candlelight Vigil
7 p.m., Community Concourse, DiGiorgio Campus Center
* Winthrop to Give Back Through Service Projects
9:30 a.m. DiGiorgio Campus Center
Members of the Winthrop community also will participate in various service projects across Rock Hill and York County on Jan. 16.
Each team will be assigned a service project and be provided with a small budget. Each team’s goal is to make a meaningful impact on poverty to underscore King’s legacy of empowerment and service. The projects include providing hot meals to the elderly and homeless, assisting Meals on Wheels, and helping the Rock Hill School District provide much needed food on weekends to children in need.
“These events hopefully will promote a ‘Day On’ and not just another day off for our students and community members,” said Kinyata Adams, director of multicultural student life. “This day is a great opportunity for us to honor King’s legacy through serving our neighbors in the Rock Hill community. It reminds us of our interconnectedness and empowers individuals to address social challenges through servant action.”
For more information, contact Adams at 803/323-4508 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.