March 10, 2014
HARRISONBURG-- In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, students at Eastern Mennonite Univ. held a day of service.
The goal was to learn about how they can have an impact on the local community. Students spent part of the day touring different community organizations that help lower income people, through a partnership with the United Way.
One of the places students toured was the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic. Part of the time was spent learning about the organizations, and touring the buildings.
Organizers expected about 30% of the undergraduate population would be actively involved. They said the goal is to carry on Dr. King's legacy. "We would hope that the students make the connection between justice issues, historically and also in contemporary times, alongside a faithfulness, just like Dr. Martin Luther King did," said Brian Martin Burkholder, EMU's campus pastor.
While EMU has honored the day in the past, today was the first time they started the new initiative. In addition to visiting the organizations, several service projects were included, like collecting shoes and health kits for the needy.