The theme of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Clayton State University will be, “His Dream, Your Vision.”
The Clayton State Department of Campus Life will coordinate the Celebration from Jan. 16 to Jan. 19, 2012, in collaboration with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers (D.E.E.P.) Educators. This year’s theme, “His Dream, Your Vision,” will include a day of service and MLK Rally and March in Atlanta, an MLK Rally at Forest Park High School, and the MLK Showcase.
Of special note, this year’s celebration will feature an essay contest that is open to all high school students at Forest Park High School, Jonesboro High School, Morrow High School, and Mt. Zion High School. Participants will write an essay reflecting on the theme and focus on how King’s dream has influenced them personally, civically, and educationally. Students with the top three essay submissions will be acknowledged at the MLK Showcase on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
This year’s events are as follows;
Monday, Jan. 16
MLK Day of Service – A Day On Not A Day Off
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Clayton State students will have the opportunity to volunteer at several sites in Atlanta\ through Hands On Atlanta. Upon completion of the service projects, students will participate in the Annual MLK Rally & March at noon at Peachtree and Baker streets in downtown Atlanta. Transportation will be provided for 50 participants.
Tuesday, Jan. 17
“His Dream, Your Vision” Rally
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Forest Park High School
Campus Life along with AmeriCorps and Diversity Education Experiences for Peers Educators will sponsor a rally at Forest Park High to educate students about Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life.
Wednesday, Jan. 18
“His Dream, Your Vision” MLK Showcase
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Clayton State students will showcase their interpretation of Dr. King’s dream, vision, and life through song, dance, or poetry. Additionally, finalists from the MLK High School Essay Contest will read their award-winning pieces. Free admission and open to the public.
Thursday, Jan. 19
AmeriCorps’ Service Cinema – Viewing: The Human Experience
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
SAC Ballroom C
In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.