more than a day

MLK Day 2024

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the pillars on which our university is built is engaged citizenship. We are part of Flint, just as Flint is part of us. Service to our Flint and Genesee County community is a year-round priority for us. On Monday, January 15, 2024, we will have an opportunity to continue our relationship with our community partners and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as we have every year since 1995.

We are happy to offer an in-person breakfast keynote speaker session with Egypt Otis, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the University Center Michigan Rooms. Egypt is a proud UM-Flint graduate and Comma Bookstore & Social Hub owner. In addition, she is also a dedicated culture worker, activist, devoted parent and an accomplished author of children’s books. Everyone is invited to attend the breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.

I hope that you will be able to participate in our keynote speaker program and in the many enriching volunteer opportunities later in this semester to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers Opportunities

Community PartnerNumber of Volunteers NeededVolunteer TimeScope of WorkRegistration Link
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint1011 a.m. –
4 p.m.
Light cleaning, organizing, and sorting supplies.
Possibly some decorating.
Register Here
Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry1010 a.m. –
3 p.m.
Details coming soonRegister Here
Habitat for Humanity209 a.m. –
3 p.m.
Details coming soonRegister Here
United Way509 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Packaging meals to help address hunger in Genesee CountyRegister Here
Michigan Blood2410 a.m. –
3 p.m.
Donate BloodRegister Here
No-sew blanketOpen house style10 a.m. –
2:30 p.m.
Tie no-sew blankets (the blankets will be given to the disadvantage population in the Flint community)Tie no-sew blankets (the blankets will be given to the disadvantaged population in the Flint community)

MLK Committee Co-Chairs

Gary AshleyCo-Chair and Service Site Coordinator
Office of Engaged Learning Program Manager
[email protected]

David J. LukeCo-Chair
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer
[email protected]