By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project
In 1994 Congress passed the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. 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. The motto for the day is, “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” In 2007, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in partnership with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) created a collection of resources for planning an MLK Day for colleges and universities. We have updated the original MLK Day Guide. This year’s MLK Day is on Monday, January 17, 2011.
This guide is packed full of tips for funding, project organization, volunteer management, and much more. The campus case studies section has been updated with examples from the 2009 MLK Day. Additionally, this MLK Day guide includes a blog post from Harry Boyte about how campuses might incorporate Civic Agency/We the People ideas into their celebrations.
To download the 2010 MLK Day Guide, please visit this website.