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MLK Challenge

Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BELIEVED in the power of service...

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve!"


What is the MLK Challenge all about? 

"If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant."

The Drum Major Instinct, February 4, 1968 Atlanta Georgia
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


As so eloquently stated by Dr. King, anyone can be great because anyone can serve! What better way to celebrate his memory and his mission than by engaging ourselves in community service? Too many people see the MLK Holiday as just another day off. My hope is that the MLK Service Challenge helps Longwood see this holiday as a "day on" and not a day off. We want to challenge faculty, staff and students to CELEBRATE this remembering Dr. Kings words and giving back to their community.


2016 MLK Challenge!

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  • 8:30am - Arrive & Check - in the Student Union Ballroom
  • Students should arrive at the Student Union Ballroom no later than 9:00am to check in. Our day begins with students coming together for breakfast and a brief presentation of the purpose of the day. Then students will be put into groups and be given an opportunity to come up to the front and select an envelope containing the details of one of the projects. Students will spend the day at their assigned agency trying to complete their service "challenge".
  • 10:00am-2:00pm - Work at Challenge Sites!
    From 10am-2pm groups will work at their Challenge sites with a break from 12:00-12:30 for lunch (which IS provided!).
  • 2:00-3:30pm - Return for Reflection & Celebration!
    Once the projects are wrapped up, the groups will come back together for reflection on the day's events. Each group will have the opportunity to come up to the front and share their successes with the crowd. It is at this time that those who have gathered for the day can really take home Dr. Kings message that in order to be great all we need is "a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love".

 Please Remember:

  • Breakfast and Lunch are provided, but feel free to bring a lunch of your own and water bottle.
  • Dress warmly and in old clothing in case you are assigned a "messy" job.
  • We suggest you bring work gloves in case your project requires some hands-on work!
  • Groups are assigned randomly - come prepared to make new friends!
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