They showed up in overwhelming numbers on Monday, Jan. 19 (or the Saturday before) to change their world one peeled potato, pounded nail or sorted piece of clothing at a time.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a national observance that honors the slain civil rights leader by inviting others to follow his example of community service. Macomb students (and faculty and staff) joined in the national effort and donated their otherwise morning off to a variety of community organizations, including the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, Turning Point, Gleaners Food Bank, Charity Music and Habitat for Humanity.
Dr. King was an untiring advocate of nonviolent resistance and peaceful protest as the only means toward positive change. He would have been pleased to see that many continue to carry that torch, including the winner of the College’s MLK Day essay contest.
Reading from his essay at the South Campus Student Center on Monday, Jan. 19, Dakota Jackson told his fellow volunteers that growing up on an Indian reservation in Canada, he, too, had encountered racism and prejudice. But, from Dr. King, he had learned to use love to “combat enemies” and “kindness” to defeat ignorance.
“I stand on the shoulder of a giant,” Jackson told his fellow volunteers before they left for their assignments. “I wish to be a part of meaningful positive change in the world around me.”