ITTA BENA, Miss.— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” This inquiry is one that fueled King’s work to make justice and equality accessible for all.
On Monday, Jan. 20, as the nation sets aside the day to honor King’s legacy, 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 M.B. Church, located on Miller Road in Itta Bena, for a program. Pastor Dr. Alexis Hamilton will serve as the speaker. The event is open to the general public.
This year marks the 52nd anniversary of King’s assassination on April 4, 1968. MVSU Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Life Dr. Ro’Shaun A. Bailey said the event 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 questions or more information, call (662) 254-3526.