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Hundreds to participate in IUPUI King Day of Service

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January 18, 2013

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Organizers of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus tradition honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service anticipate as many as 750 students and IUPUI employees will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as community volunteers.

The 12th annual IUPUI Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. IUPUI students, staff, faculty and community partners -- including students from Ivy Tech Community College and area high schools -- will volunteer their time at about 50 community agencies.

After an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by a special ceremony at 9 a.m., the volunteers will report for duty to perform a wide range of services.

The theme for this year’s Day of Service is “Be Relentless.”

“We are trying to challenge our students to think about the community and society beyond themselves and to embrace Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s attitude of a relentless pursuit of positive social change,” said Jeremy Sherer, an IUPUI senior who is a co-coordinator of the King Day of Service, sponsored by the IUPUI Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement.

Author and publisher Daniel Hembree, professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Martin University, is the guest speaker for the ceremony.