Campus community serves to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

by Staff Photographer Shay Redd

How did you spend your Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Did you stay in the house all day or maybe just catch up on schoolwork? For most people, it was just a regular off-day, but to some students, staff members and people around the community, it was a day to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As we all know, King stood up for what was right for all people, and without him, we would not be where we are today. We all need to play a part to ensure his legacy continues. Volunteers not only had a day off from school or work, but also gave their time for a great cause to give back to those in need.

Just as King helped people, the volunteers at the UNA MLK Service Day did the same, making 30,000 meals to give to pantries around the Shoals. After working for nearly two hours, they later marched, beginning at the Guillot University Center and ending at the Baptist Campus Ministry Center.

Following the marching, there was a commemoration program with this year’s theme, “Making a Difference in the 21st century.” Shannon Tally, a volunteer speaker, read one of her poems titled, “An Apology for Dr. King.”

Keynote speaker the Rev. Alvelyn Sanders spoke to the students and staff about making a difference and being the change they want to see. During the program, senior Lauren Blue gave a dance performance.

However, this was not just about the march and listening to guest speakers, but more of people coming together and working hand-in-hand to make a change in others’ lives. You do not have to wait until the next MLK Day to make a difference. Start making that difference today.