Vigil, Volunteer Efforts Commemorate MLK Day
By Erica Plouffe Lazure
East Carolina University observed the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday Jan. 21 with events that included the MLK Day challenge, a community breakfast and a candlelight vigil.
The events were sponsored by ECU’s Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Student Experiences, the University Union, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Below is the roster of events that took place in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at ECU:
• Community Unity Breakfast, Murphy Center. Dudley Flood, a retired specialist in school desegregation from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, delivered the keynote speech at the annual breakfast. Sponsored by the Pitt/Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
• MLK Day Challenge, Mendenhall Student Center. The MLK Day Challenge offered ECU students the opportunity to volunteer with local non-profit organizations. Participating students spent the day working on a wide selection of community service projects. Available projects included work with the American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Club, the Food Bank, the Food Education and Distribution Center, Give2theTroops, Hope Lodge, the Little Willie Center, and the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina.
• Candlelight Vigil and March, College Hill Drive, followed by Celebrating Dr. King Through Words, Song and Storytelling in Wright Auditorium. Dr. Shirley Carraway, retired superintendent of Orange County Schools and ECU alumna delivered the keynote address.
On Jan. 19, the Dr. Andrew A. Best Senior Recognition Banquet was held for graduating minority medical students at the Greenville Hilton. It was sponsored by the Student National Medical Association at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Dr. Julius Q. Mallette, assistant vice chancellor for regional health services outreach at ECU, spoke at the annual event.