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Doane honoring MLK with service, on-campus events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

And in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Doane College registered to volunteer its time to help the Crete community while also hosting celebratory events at the School of Arts and Sciences.

The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, a call by President Barack Obama for every person to serve his or her local communities. Doane College is collaborating with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Crete Elementary School and the Crete community in a joint effort to make fleece blankets for those in need in the Crete area. Crete Area Medical Center, Tabitha of Crete, Garden Square Assisted Living and others will receive the blankets.

Doane students and staff started making blankets last week at Crete Elementary School. There will be another opportunity at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 17, where volunteers are needed at the elementary school for assembly of the final project, which will begin at 3 p.m.

Those wishing to participate can sign up at Multicultural Support Services or email MSS Director Wilma R. Jackson at wilma.jackson@doane.edu.

Those unable to volunteer their time can get involved by donating fabric scissors, canned goods and money for the purchase of supplies. Checks can be made payable to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

On campus, the college is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day Doane College with a speaker, and play. Dr. Marilyn Johnson-Farr, Doane’s Dwight E. Porter Professor of Education, will speak at 11 a.m. in the Whitcomb Lee Conservatory. The play “The Mountaintop” will have showings on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19-20, each beginning at 7:30 p.m in the Con.

There will also be a Freedom Breakfast at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, located at 1040 P Street, at 7:30 a.m. Friday Jan. 17.