HATTIESBURG - On
Jan. 17, people across the nation will honor the life of the late
civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to
promote peace, literacy and community service. On that same day,
organizations at The University of Southern Mississippi will join
in that endeavor by taking part in a variety of community service
projects with other organizations in the Hattiesburg area.
American Humanics, CampusLink AmeriCorps, DREAM of
Hattiesburg, the Iota Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc. and the Southern Miss chapter of the NAACP are sponsoring the
second annual "Day Fit for a King." The day's events will
kick off with community service from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will
meet at the Southern Miss Payne Center parking lot and volunteer
at six different sites.
"Last year was a big success and we hope this
year's events will be even better," said LaShana Sorrell, American
Humanics president. "There is something for everybody to enjoy."
At 6:30 p.m. a commemorative ceremony titled "What
a Man! The Life and Works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." will
be held at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg. The evening
event will showcase an array of talent, including Southern Miss'
Jazz Band, a dance ensemble and a choir performing the national
black anthem. A guest speaker will discuss diversity and how Dr.
King's vision changed the nation.
The Saenger Theater event will also feature an essay
contest--"What is diversity and how do you practice it through
your life?"--for Hattiesburg, Lamar County and Forrest County
students in grades 1-12.
For more information about the essay contest or any
of the other events, contact the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (601) 266-5074.