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Each January, we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s an opportunity to reflect on his life and the ways in which we approach justice, compassion, and service—ideas that were prominent in his work.

On Saturday, January 19, the Center for Leadership and Service will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Students, faculty, and staff will be placed with organizations around the Knoxville community to participate in volunteer projects. Be sure to sign up to participate in this long tradition of service.

Also on Saturday, January 19, Human Resources invites walkers and runners in the UT community to participate in the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center’s Race Against Racism and Diversity Day 5K at 1:05 p.m. at 124 South Cruze Street in Knoxville. Sign up to be on team “UT Knoxville” when you register.

On Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Knoxville community will celebrate with its annual parade. Sign up, wear your orange, and join me, the chancellor, and fellow Volunteers as we represent UT in the parade. Lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Midway Entrance of Chilhowee Park, 3300 Magnolia Avenue.

On Tuesday, January 22, our campus will celebrate with a reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Frieson Black Cultural Center. RSVP by January 18.

Finally, on Monday, January 28, the Black Cultural Programming Committee will host a presentation from Ernest Green and Terrence Roberts, two members of the Little Rock Nine—the group of nine African American students who integrated Little Rock High School in 1957. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 210 of the Alumni Memorial Building. Admission is free for students who have opted in and $5 for both those who opted out and for the general public. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Life at 974-6861 or