MLK Day

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In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. Projects for the day are meant to strengthen communities, empower individuals, and bridge barriers. This year’s day is celebrated on January 18, 2010.

MLKDay.gov is a great resource for those interested in organizing service opportunities for the day. It contains a number of project toolkits, public relations material, and a database of registered events.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with The King Center, also offers a variety of webinars to assist project organizers, such as:

  • Best Practices for Planning/Implementing MLK Day
  • Raising Resources for King Day Events/Projects
  • Getting Media for Your MLK Day Event

MLK Day Collegiate Challenge

In 2009 and 2010, North Carolina Campus Compact was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage students in project planning, connect them with local communities, and expand the MLK Day of Service by enhancing the students’ sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership, and awareness, while reinvigorating higher education’s concern for improving the quality of life. Kentucky Campus Compact was awarded a $2,500 sub-grant from North Carolina Campus Compact in both of these grant years. These funds were awarded as mini-grants to member institutions following a request for proposals.KCC 5.jpg

2009 Kentucky Campus Compact MLK Collegiate Challenge Mini-Grant Recipients:

  • Bellarmine University
  • Big Sandy Community & Technical College
  • Gateway Community & Technical College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Louisville

2008 Kentucky Campus Compact MLK Collegiate Challenge Mini-Grant Recipients:

  • Centre College
  • Maysville Community & Technical College
  • Morehead State University
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Louisville