Martin Luther King Jr. Day is near, and some Augustana University students are finding a unique way to honor the civil rights leader’s legacy.
The holiday is just a day away, and some Augie students are trying to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive by giving back to those in need.
“Everyone is working together, and we’re not looking at religion, race, we’re just doing a service to help others,” Nawshin Sharif, Augie freshman, said.
More than 30 people met in the Morrison Commons building for the 2nd annual MLK Challenge. Participants had to figure out how to meet a local community need, while keeping Dr. King’s philosophy for social action in mind.
“Dr. King was about social justice and social change. Skills needed for that, we are trying to put in to place today, and help students practice those skills in a way of giving back to the community,�� Michelle Harvey, Assistant Director for Student Engagement, said.
Dr. King also wanted justice and equality for all. In his honor, students and faculty were grouped randomly, so people with different backgrounds could learn more about each other.
“They get to meet new people that they probably haven’t met before. You get that collaborative power. I’m pretty sure Dr. King would have really advocated for that,” Malik Glass, Augie senior, said.
After brainstorming, students headed out to put their ideas to work. Challenges ranged from planning a birthday party for a retirement community to making sheep costumes for a local church.
There was another challenge waiting for students and staff at the end of the event. They could pledge to complete an additional 100 hours of service this year.