“Life's more persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
That is one of the many famous quotes from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and also the thought that inspired 60 University of Central Oklahoma students to give up a day off Monday and volunteer for others in honor of King.
The students divided their time Monday between the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, where they prepared boxes of food for the Food for Kids program, and Infant Crisis Services, where they interacted with babies and assembled care packages for needy families.
“Though the civil rights movement has passed from recent memory to the pages of history books, it is important we never forget about this pivotal time in our nation's history,” said MeShawn Conley, director of the university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Monday's volunteer day was the start of a weeklong celebration to honor King.
On Tuesday, people are encouraged to build on King's legacy by sharing personal dreams on the MLK Dream Wall at the Nigh University Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dreams also can be shared during the week at www.
On Wednesday, three finalists will compete at 2 p.m. in the final round of the college portion of the Martin Luther King Enterprise Oratory Competition. Vincent Burr, a sophomore nursing major; Thomas Lewis Jr., a junior accounting major, and Ashley Neely, a junior accounting economics major, will compete. The competition is free and open to public. Free food will be provided.
On Thursday, there will be a screening of “Return of the King,” which is an episode of “The Boondocks” television show, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 300 at the Nigh University Center.
The show received criticism from the Rev. Al Sharpton for the use of racially charged language by King's character. The screening is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
On Friday, a commemorative march will take place at 2 p.m., beginning at the Nigh University Center by the African American mural on the second floor.
For more information, call 974-3588.