Not a Day Off: How CMU Students Commemorate Martin King Luther Jr. Day

Video and Story by Rebecca Particka; Photos by Maddi Hill

The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16th, 2022, meant a day without classes for Central Michigan University’s students. Although many took it as a chance for rest and relaxation, some saw the day as an opportunity to get involved.

Multicultural Academic Student Services organized events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The morning featured Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUNITY Peace Brunch with keynote speakers.

Following the brunch, students were able to take part in different service activities. MASS partnered with The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center to offer opportunities to make letters of gratitude, tie blankets for various charities, Safer Sex program kits, and bookmarks.

The day concluded with CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil. Participants marched through CMU’s residential areas and through downtown Mount Pleasant, Mich.

The activities Monday were just the beginning of Martin Luther King Jr. Week on campus. MASS will continue to have events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through Jan. 20th.