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Released January 9, 2004

By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG - A collaboration of student groups at The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service.

Student members of the Southern Miss AmeriCorp Campus Link, along with the Southern Miss chapters of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, will volunteer with six agencies in the Hattiesburg area on Jan. 19 in honor of King.

Other events will include an essay contest focusing on Dr. King's dedication to equality. Essay participants will include local schoolchildren, who will read their essays at 6 p.m. that evening at Hattiesburg's historic Saenger Theater. Student volunteers from Southern Miss are also heading up a children's book drive as part of the event.

LaShana Sorrell, a Campus Link team member and a Lucky Day scholar at Southern Miss, said community service is a great way to honor Dr. King's message of peace and unity among all people.

"The goal of this program is to raise awareness, to entertain, and to recognize

the works of a great man and everyone who helped him in his endeavors," said Sorrell, a sophomore journalism major from Hattiesburg.

"Through these service projects, we will celebrate Dr. King's legacy by working together to improve our community," said Hunter Phillips, assistant director of the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning.

For more information on these events, contact the Southern Miss Office of Community Service Learning at (601) 266-5074.


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