MLK Day full of activities for St. Andrews community
Laurinburg, N.C. – St. Andrews University will join other groups and organizations across the country in commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 16 with both a Day of Service and a Community Celebration.
“I am thrilled to announce that we have 14 locations throughout Scotland County where we will have volunteers doing what they can to help these nonprofit organizations,” said Renée Jones, Day of Service co-coordinator. “Students have volunteered to be team captains and recruit fellow students, faculty and staff to their teams for the day.”
Among the 14 locations being served are Church Community Services, Habitat for Humanity Offices, Hospice of Scotland County, Scotland Place Civic Center, Scotland Community Health Clinic and the Storytelling Arts Center.
After completing a day of volunteer work, the Day of Service participants will join in the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.
The annual event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. on January 16, 2012, in Avinger Auditorium.
“This celebration, which will include music and spoken word reflections on the late civil rights leader’s impact on the world, serves as a culmination of events for the St. Andrews campus and local community,” said Rona Leach McLeod, planning committee chair. “We are honored to have The Rev. Dr. J. Gentile Everett sharing his reflections on Dr. King and The Peay Brothers sharing their musical talents with us as the featured performers.”
Everett is the senior pastor at Mill Branch Baptist Church in Fairmont. A 1983 graduate of St. Andrews, he authored “When God Speaks, I Listen” and “Salvation: The Key To Church Order.” He is currently completing a work entitled “How He Works.”
Natives of Rowland, The Peay Brothers, Majid, Taimine, Katif and Solomon, grew up blending voices. The group was featured on the CBS Early Show’s “Singing Family Face-Off,” in which they climbed to the number two spot through internationally submitted votes. “We are looking forward to sharing this wonderful evening with the community,” said Leach McLeod. “This will be the celebration of Dr. King’s life and works as well as the end of a day of service in his honor for members of the St. Andrews community.”
St. Andrews began a formal program of celebration in 2005. The day of service element was added in 2010 to fully acknowledge the legacy left by Dr. King.
For more information about the St. Andrews University 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, call 910-277-5337.
About St. Andrews University
St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.