Molloy University honored the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 16, with an entire day of community service activities, workshops, and historical tours.
The MLK Day of Service event started in 2019 with the goal of inspiring others to take action within their communities instead of simply treating the national holiday as a day off from school or work.
Their fifth annual MLK Day of Service began with a keynote presentation, entitled “Unearthing Pathways to Consciousness and Action,” by guest speaker Michael Rosino, an assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Molloy, followed by a panel discussion on topics of service, Democratic ethics, community, and personal improvement.
Service activities and historical tours began at 10 a.m., with a training class on CPR. This life-saving technique is used in several emergencies and is good practice for anyone in the event that someone should need to be resuscitated.
Participants also pitched in to help organizations like the Long Island Coalition for Homeless and Midnight Run by collecting much-needed toiletry items for the homeless and helped prepare “smile bags” and similar care packages which will be distributed to children, teens, and seniors in the community and around the world.
The MLK historical tours also provided a unique experience for participants, who were given the opportunity to see and hear Dr. King’s lost “Fill up the Jails” speech through the use of a virtual reality headset.