Community is at the heart of MLK Day activities


The greater Akron community is invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities Fair at The University of Akron on Monday, Jan. 16. In hosting the free event, UA hopes to make the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day one that honors the civil rights leader as a “day on” rather than a “day off.”

The Activities Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, 303 Carroll St. Parking is available at the meters outside the Student Union and in the Schrank Hall parking decks.

Community and UA student organizations will provide activities and information that encourage nonviolence, civic responsibility, respect for differences and the importance of education.

The fair will include:

  • Biographic information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Martin Luther King Jr. gallery and other visual displays
  • Performances
  • Arts and crafts
  • Information about various organizations

“This annual event also serves as an opportunity to provide awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families,” says John Alvarez Turner, associate director of UA’s Multicultural Center. “The celebration has been very well received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus.”

Meanwhile, other UA students will have their own “day on” by joining the United We Serve initiative — President Barack Obama’s national call to service. The student volunteers will work on a service project at the Nazareth Housing Development Corporation, which provides housing for low- and moderate-income families in Summit County. The morning of service is being organized by UA’s serveAkron, which matches students with volunteer opportunities and agencies on and off campus.

For more information about the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities Fair, contact John Turner at or 330-972-6917.


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