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The American Democracy Project Commemorates 9/11

911IntroGraphicADP schools across the country are commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read on to see what other campuses are doing and be sure to share your own activities in the comments.

Fort Hays State University (Kan.) is hosting a candlelight vigil, where student body president Arin Powers will give a speech.

Indiana State University is screening the documentary “102 Minutes that Changed America.”

If you’re looking for a way to commemorate the day on your own or with friends, try checking out the Corporation for National and Community Service. They’ve organized the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, through which you can perform community service and connect with other volunteers.

MLK Day the ADP Way: 2014 MLK Day Commemorations on Campus

By Caitlin Reilly, Program Associate, American Democracy Project

mlk logoWe asked our campuses about how they chose to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the results are in!  Read about how they celebrated the holiday, ADP style.

California State University of Pennsylvania held a day of service and sent two busses full of students to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.

Jacksonville State University (Ala.) organized a series of events on the days following MLK Day.  On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the local NAACP president, David Baker addressed students and faculty.  His talk “A Good Time to Stand Up” addressed the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s activism and its place in contemporary issues of social justice and change.  The following night, the school hosted a screening of the film, “Mine Eyes Have Seen.”

ADP at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith supported and attended the MLK Community Association Annual Recognition and Awards Banquet held on the Saturday evening preceding MLK Day.  On MLK Day, ADP hosted a campus breakfast for about 450 people, and then led them on a peace walk.  Throughout the morning, ADP registered voters.  The following Thursday, ADP held its MLK Celebration, honoring unsung heroes in visual and performing arts.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis sponsored a day of service, along with a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance.  This featured Wes More, the host of “Beyond Belief,” the Cote Brillante Presbyterian Church Men’s Chorus, a scene from the play “Mountaintop” and a performance of “A Letter to Dr. King.”

The University of Washington Bothell, along with Cascadia Community College (Wash.), organized a day of service for students in honor of MLK Day. Volunteering opportunities included clearing invasive species and planting trees in the UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College wetlands, cleaning  at senior centers or nearby neighborhoods, participating in canned food and clothes drives, writing letters to service members, attending an advocacy workshop, learning about food justice and bowling with disabled children.

How did your campus celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Let us know in the comment section!

Commemorating Veterans Day the ADP Way

Veterans and men and women currently serving in the military are being honored today, on Veterans Day, by ADP at Fort Hays State University (Kans.)

A ceremony will include speeches by the President and Vice President of FHSU’s Student Government Association. The Student Coordinator for ADP will speak as well as the student coordinator for FHSU’s Global Leadership Project. A flag ceremony will be conducted by a local Boy Scout troop.

Participants can write cards to veterans and soldiers in exchange for a poppy flower. The poppy is the emblem of Veterans Day as well as a reference to “In Flanders Field,” which will be read aloud during the ceremony.

Read more here.

How is your campus commemorating Veterans Day?

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