Since 2002, St. Norbert college has celebrated the birthday
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a Catholic liberal arts institution
in the Norbertine tradition, the College honors and shares Dr. King’s
commitment to the principles of human dignity, community and service.
As we celebrate Dr. King’s life and dedication to the advancement of
civil rights, equality and freedom, we look to renew our own commitment
to these ideals here on campus and throughout our community.
This celebration highlights Dr. King’s call to be both reflective and active in the pursuit of the common good.
Over 250 faculty, staff and students served in our community on the 2013 day of service.
Join us next year on January 20, 2014 as we come together to honor Dr. King's legacy through a day of service.
Overview of the National Day of Service
- During his lifetime, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly toward a dream of equality.
- He believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and
encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of
America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a
better place to live.
- Service may meet a tangible need, such as fixing up a school or
senior center, or it may meet a need of the spirit, such as building a
sense of community or mutual responsibility.
- Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through
service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals and
- These ideas of unity, purpose, and the great things that can happen
when we work together toward a common goal – are just some of the many
reasons we honor Dr. King through service.
- In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service.
- Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans
of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning
community concerns into citizen action.
- The King Day of Service leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships.
- Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the
past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging
- Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round.
For more about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at St. Norbert College and the community wide celebration view the events web page.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.