The MLK Day of Service was organized by Student Involvement and the Cultural Center.

“MLK Day of Service is important to our whole country, so that means it’s important to UofL and us. We really believe in the concept of MLK Day being a day on, not a day off,” said Pam Curtis, director for student leadership and service and associate director for student involvement. She added that MLK Day is an opportunity to give back.

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Students gathered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Red Barn to register and get a few words of encouragement during an address by Brian Buford, assistant provost for diversity and director of the LGBT Center on campus. Some students came alone, while others arrived in groups.

After a quick lunch, students loaded buses and traveled to different locations across the city. Activities varied from making cards for children at Kosair Children’s Hospital to cleaning up Shelby Park.

Bowling Green senior Harrison Butts spent the morning laying mulch at the The Parklands of Floyds Fork. 

“I really believe UofL students want to make a difference in the world. That’s why so many of us are out here today,” he said. “We could have been doing anything, but we chose service.”