Georgia College celebrates MLK Day with community service
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left a legacy of community service through his pursuits of social equity.
To honor that, Georgia College is participating in a community-wide service project in the Baldwin County School System for the third year. A partnership between Communities in Schools, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Cultural Center and the GIVE Center is making it all happen.
“We do a range of projects within the period of time we have,” Sandy Baxter, executive director of Communities in Schools said. “There are several projects the schools would love to get done, but they just don’t have the money to do it.”
Past projects include painting railings and benches, collecting trash and assembling basketball hoops. Along with Georgia College, other organizations such as local churches, alumni groups and Georgia Power have committed to a morning of service in the past. GIVE Center Director Kendall Stiles sees opportunities to partner with the community on service projects as a key part of Georgia College’s role.
“The college is a major player in the community so it is very important for our campus to in involved with community engagement,” Stiles said. “This is also a great opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to be part of our community, as well as give back to the community.”
The community service at Baldwin County Public schools is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 20. Georgia College and community partners also have other activities lined up including:
- Noon-Commemorative march that begins at Huley Park and ends at Flagg Chapel Baptist Church.
- 1 p.m.-MLK Tribute Service in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium. Georgia College President Dr. Steve Dorman will speak at the service.
- 3 p.m.-Community cookout at Huley Park. Vendors are welcome. Food will be served and a panel will discuss “Conversations to Action.”
“I believe this is a great way to remind students about their community and about volunteerism,” Baxter said. “Martin Luther King Jr. is known for a legacy of service, and this day of service by our community is one way he can be honored.”
This year’s theme is “Engaging The Dream: Conversations to Action.”
"The focus is always on what needs to be done to move us forward with social justice, however the most important part of that is engaging in the work of making it a reality. We can talk about issues, but history isn’t made without action,” said Emmanuel Little, diversity and retention coordinator at Georgia College. “Community service is a great way to engage, and there is always a way to give back, regardless of your interests, passions or expertise.”
For more information on volunteering, contact Sandy Baxter at 478-452-3408 or sign up here.
To learn more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, call the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at 478-445-4233.