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Fox Cities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with learning, service


Those who have the day off from work are encouraged to take the day on for community in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Appleton Area School District will hold its second annual MLK Jr. Community Day of Service on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 3  p.m. at West High School, 610 N. Badger Ave. in Appleton. It is free and open to the public.

The Fox Cities’ 29th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

The celebration at Lawrence Chapel is also free and open to the public. Dr. Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at The University of Iowa, will provide the keynote, “Restoring the Radical King.” 

The evening’s music will come from Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, a globally recognized activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker and musician.

The school district’s day of service is organized by the community for the community with the hope of continuing Dr. King’s legacy of civic and community service. There will be a community march, soul food sampling, student cultural performances and presentations, community booths and opportunities to volunteer.  

The community march will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance of Wilson Middle School and end in West auditorium. An alternative route is available if the weather does not cooperate. The program, featuring performances from students of all ages, will start at 10 a.m. 

Nonprofits, community agencies and other diverse organizations will be located in the West Small Gym ready to share their resources and services as well as offering volunteering opportunities to learn, engage, and impact the community. 

Guardian Life will sponsor lunch catered by Cozzy Corner.  The menu will include a variety of soul food sampling including famous peach cobbler. 

The day culminates with an opportunity to serve others. 

Lawrence University students and staff will participate in their own day of service on Monday, which will include educational events in the morning and volunteer work for a variety of Fox Valley agencies.