Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day - Jan 17, 2022

Marting Luther King, Jr. Day is recognized on the third Monday in January each year.

GCC would like to take this oppurtunity to provide information on what this day means, and how you can get involved. 

In a compelling 1965 interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Dr. King discussed the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to help raise awareness of the difficulty faced by Black voters in the South and the need for a Voting Rights Act, which passed later that year. Please share this link with others to help pass on an important piece of American history:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAtsAwGreyE

This is a short video about the significant impact Martin Luther King, Jr. had on our country:

https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/00000144-0a31-d3cb-a96c-7b3d4b0d0000

This article outlines a detailed timeline of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life:

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-resources/major-king-events-chronology-1929-1968

GCC faculty, staff, students and community members participated in reading the infamous 'I Have a Dream' speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963.  The speech was recited in the original verbiage and can be watched here:

 

We would like to thank all those involved in making this project possible.  It was important to us to have representation to connect the college and the community and we could not have done it without each and every one of you.

How can you get involved?

It's easier than you think to make a difference in someone's life!  COVID has been particularily difficult for our at-risk population, so while we can't get together, here are some ideas of how you can help and still remain safe:

1.  Shovel your neighbor's driveway/sidewalk.

2.  Bring a meal to an elderly friend or family member.

3.  Donate blood - the Red Cross will be at the Ironwood Memorial Building on 1/20 and on the GCC Campus on 1/22.  Schedule your  appointment today by clicking here.

4.  Donate to or volunteer at a local food bank.

5.  Pick up trash in your neigborhood.

6.  Make dog and cat toys to bring to H.O.P.E.

The ideas are truly endless and a million little things add up to greatness.  Go out of your way for your neighbors, as you never know the kind of impact you may have on someone.