Anderson University recently announced that it will suspend classes on Monday, January 17, 2011 for a day of service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day will be celebrated as a day of service for the institution by closing classes and other administrative activities until 5 p.m. Monday evening classes will meet as usual. This day will be a day of service in the university schedule beginning this January and each year thereafter. Historically, AU has celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day by conducting food drives, connecting with city-wide celebrations and hosting special events on campus.
"As we call our university to observe and celebrate this day, it is our intention that this time will provide for our participation in opportunities of humanitarian service just as it was envisioned when the day was enacted into law as a national holiday," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "We intend that our observances and service will give witness from this campus that we care deeply about the values of racial harmony, inter-cultural competence and humanitarian service."
A planning group of faculty, staff, and students will design a variety of service activities. The AU campus will be encouraged to serve together as we build community through service both on and off campus. Service opportunities will be announced at a later date.
Established in 1986 by former U.S President Ronald Reagan, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality. The holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity and his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.