Instead, students, faculty and staff will volunteer in Louisville’s West End in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Those interested in attending should register online by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

This is the sixth year the office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service has organized a day of volunteering to honor the late civil rights leader. Partners this year include UofL’s Anne Braden Institute and its Cultural Center.

“The city of Louisville is an important part of the experience of being a student at UofL. The celebration of MLK’s life is an ideal opportunity to share our gratitude for all Louisville does for us and through our actions show we care,” said Pam Curtis, director of the office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service. “Holding the program in the West End on Monday affirms Dr. King’s message that peace is possible and it will take all of us to stop the violence and make every neighborhood in Louisville a hopeful place to live.”

This year, UofL’s group will work alongside students at Maupin Elementary to beautify the school’s campus. The group also will work with Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott to clean up and restore civil rights sites in the Parkland area.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Student Activities Center. Once volunteers are registered, they’ll go by bus to the volunteer site. At 11 a.m., volunteers will be served a free lunch onsite and hear from keynote speaker Delquan Dorsey, executive director for the Governor’s Office for Minority Empowerment, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Volunteers will complete their service projects after lunch and should be returned to campus for dismissal by 4 p.m.

For more information, call Tajuan Sellars at 502-852-3754.

Brandy Warren
Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.