‘Living the Dream: Embracing our Future-Learning from our Past’ includes candlelight march and vigil, community service projects, breakfast and special guest and keynote speaker Rev. Henry L. ‘Charlie’ Sanders, Jr.

MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) will host 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities Jan. 19-20, celebrating the life and cultural impact of one of the greatest human rights leaders in history.

The celebration will begin Jan. 19 with a candlelight march and vigil; participants are invited to meet at Pogue Library at 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 20 activities begin with breakfast and a keynote from 8:30-10:15 a.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. This year’s featured speaker is alumnus and retired United States Army Reserve colonel Rev. Henry “Charlie” Sanders, Jr, ’90.


The Murray State University Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) will host 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service activities Jan. 19-20, celebrating the life and cultural impact of one of the greatest human rights leaders in history.

Sanders serves as a senior consultant with Ancilla-Inc, a Department of Defense contractor, in Falls Church, Virginia. His military career includes 30 years in the Army Reserves, including two combat tours in Iraq and Somalia. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit, Combat Medical Badge and Order of Military Medical Merit.

Also from 8:30-10:15 a.m. that morning, the public is encouraged to donate goods including hygiene products, snacks, school supplies, cleaning supplies, pasta, canned vegetables, art supplies, coloring books and much more to support local nonprofit organizations as part of the OMI’s Give Back Initiative. Goods may also be donated at Fast Track or the Dr. Marvin D. Mills Multicultural Center at the Murray campus before the 20th. Donated items will be packed and delivered to each nonprofit later in the day.

Following the keynote from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will carry out several public service projects in collaboration with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Gentry House, and the Murray-Calloway County Need Line food bank. 

For a comprehensive schedule and list of requested goods, visit smore.com/dau0k.

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