Queens students pose for photograph at MLK day of service 2016
Queens students will continue a decade long tradition by spending the day serving in and around Charlotte as a way of paying tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Day of Service, as the University calls it, is normally held on Martin Luther King Day; however, for the first time this year, Queens plans to have a group of students participating in the MLK Day parade on Jan. 16. The day of service is then moving to Jan. 21, the Saturday after MLK Day.
“It is a great way of not only celebrating Dr. King’s legacy, but also a great way to give back to the community and meet new people,” said John Downey, dean of students. He added that anyone who volunteers knows that you can get more out of it than you give.
Students seem to agree with Downey’s sentiments.
“By participating I felt more of a connection to the community and realized the impact I can have to make it a better place just by volunteering,” said junior Ava Almaraz. Almaraz, spent last year’s MLK Day of Service along with sorority sisters at The Grove Church cleaning up and making bulletin boards. Almaraz feels that she bonded with sisters while they worked together to do good things for The Grove.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Senior, Kendra Smith is helping plan this year’s activities for the day. An informative video about the day of service, a speaker, a spoken poem, and performances from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and a local dance team are all currently on the list of activities leading up to the service part of the day.
The university encourages students, faculty and staff to get involved.
“Students should participate because this is time to give back to the community and honor what Martin Luther King Jr. stands for,” Smith said. “There are different and exciting ways you can help and volunteer for your community.”
Some of the service opportunities include Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Assistance Ministry, American Red Cross and Charlotte Rescue Mission. Christina Hunter, the current assistant director of the Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, can be contacted for any questions about participation on MLK Day or other service opportunities.