MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) hosted the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Jan. 19-20, celebrating the life and cultural impact of the prominent civil rights activist.

The celebration began Jan. 19 with a candlelight march and vigil on campus. Activities on the 20th began with a community breakfast and keynote in the Curris Center Ballroom. This year’s featured speaker was 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) hosted the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Jan. 19-20, celebrating the life and cultural impact of the prominent civil rights activist. Pictured is alumnus and retired United States Army Reserve colonel Rev. Henry “Charlie” Sanders, Jr, ’90, who served as a keynote speaker.

“I’m so honored and blessed to be here,” Sanders told the crowd. “I am really enamored to come and share a few words and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I think about the legacy and life of Dr. King, I think of a great spiritual giant, a Christian servant leader who loved all races and all mankind and had a common rallying point to draw men together for racial equality to help our great nation.”

The public was encouraged to donate goods to support local nonprofits as part of the OMI’s Give Back Initiative. 

Following the keynote, volunteers carried out several public service projects in collaboration with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Gentry House and the Murray-Calloway County Need Line food bank. 

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