Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 79th birthday is Tuesday, and it is one of only four federal holidays to honor an individual person.
James Madison University's NAACP is celebrating King throughout this week with performances, service events and speakers.
King eventually led the Executive Committee of the NAACP, and campuses throughout the country boast of their own divisions.
The president of JMU's NAACP group, Stephanie Rese, speaks on why they are bringing this celebration to the campus.
"Basically this is to bring the students, and the staff and the faculty, out of their normal element, out of their work environment, to mingle outside of the classroom," says Rese. "Basically, it is to build relationships. I feel like, in a setting like this, you need to build relationships outside of the workplace or the classroom in order for everything to run smoothly."
For Tuesday's event, they have a service program at Harrisonburg's Children's Museum to educate area kids on King's life and legacy.