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EDITORIAL: Don’t take the day off. Better yourself on MLK Day.


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CMU students lead the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. CommUNITY March from the Bovee University Center on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

The students of Central Michigan University will be thrilled to wake up for the second Monday morning of the semester and not have any classes. But you still have responsibilities. 

Monday, Jan. 20 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Central Michigan University’s campus. It is a scheduled day off to encourage students to learn about civil rights history in our country. 

This Monday don’t sleep in and watch movies all day. Take this opportunity to better yourself by participating in your community, learning about civil rights reform and honoring King’s legacy. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of each year and has been since the 80s when it was signed into law as an American federal holiday. Hopefully, we don’t have to explain to everyone how important King was as a civil rights activist, leader and face of the Civil Rights Movement. 

CMU offers many different ways to get involved on campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and throughout the week. Here is the schedule for the week’s activities, organized by Multicultural Academic Student Services: 

Monday, January 20, 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUNITY Peace Brunch
9:30 a.m. (doors open at 8:45 a.m.)
Finch Field House
 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
12 p.m.-2 p.m.
RSVP on Engage
Hosted by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center
 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Starts at the Bovee UC, ends downtown Mt. Pleasant (transportation provided back)
Hot Chocolate and Donuts for all returning marchers
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Night of Reflection
7 p.m.
Anspach 161
Hosted by The Motions
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shakti Butler
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30pm)
Plachta Auditorium
Co-sponsored by Program Board
 

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Tunnel of Oppression
4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Bovee University Center
Sponsored by A Mile in Our Shoes (A.M.O.S)
Supported by Enrollment Management and Student Services (ESS)
 

Friday, January 24, 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. charity basketball game
6 p.m.
Student Activity Center
Donations will be accepted

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