Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This inquiry fueled King’s work to make justice and equality accessible for all.  

On Monday, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mississippi Valley State University will pay homage to the civil rights leader by hosting its 2020 MLK Legacy Walk.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. at Dorothy Street Park in Itta Bena. From the park, participants will walk to Beulah Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located on Miller Road in Itta Bena, for a program.

The pastor, Dr. Alexis Hamilton, will speak. The event is open to the public.

This year marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. Dr. Ro’Shaun A. Bailey, MVSU’s assistant vice president of student affairs and campus life, said Monday’s gathering will serve as a time to remember and celebrate the life and works of a great American.

“Dr. Martin Luther King is an American hero who helped change and reshape life for African Americans and other disenfranchised people. This event is an opportunity to engage our students and teach them about Dr. King’s legacy,” said Bailey.

Bailey said the walk is also an opportunity to highlight King’s legacy of serving others.

“At MVSU, service is a big part of who we are,” said Bailey. “Dr. King stood for service to humanity, and we hope to honor that with this event.”

A bus will be available at the William Sutton Administration Building on MVSU’s campus to transport participants to the park. Buses will depart the Jacob Aron Student Union at 8:15 a.m.

The event is sponsored by MVSU’s Office of Student Leadership and Engagement.

For more information, call 254-3526.

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