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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC, Aug. 28, 1963. (Getty Images)The Center for Leadership and Service hosted the annual MLK Day of Service on January 13. The event connected students with organizations in the Knoxville area to foster community growth and servant leadership while remembering the great civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Across Knoxville, the community celebrated King’s 89th birthday and the 36th recognition of MLK January 10-15 through events planned by the MLK Commission, a volunteer operated non-profit organization. Events around the theme Transforming the Community by Committing to Service included an interfaith prayer service, youth symposium, leadership symposium and awards luncheon, memorial tribute service, and parade.

RESCHEDULED EVENT: On Thursday, January 25, Chancellor Davenport, the Commission for Blacks, Division of Student Life, and Office of Research and Engagement will host an event, MLK50 Forward, commemorating King in recognition of the 50th anniversary since his assassination on April 4, 1968. This event was originally scheduled for January 16, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.