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Community service is the focus of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2006) -- Community Service will be the theme of the day for Ohio University's Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service celebration. 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day becoming a national holiday.

In commemoration of King's legacy, on Monday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ohio University's Center for Community Service (CCS) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., along with other student organizations and leaders will host the Love Luggage Community Service Project. Volunteers will paint second hand suitcases and fill them with donated toys and other gifts to give to foster children.

The recipients of the luggage are children from the Sojourners Care Network in Vinton County, Athens County Children Services and Milestones Therapeutic Foster Care Network.

Community members can help by donating suitcases, backpacks, luggage, gym bags, toiletries, art and school supplies and books at the Center for Community Service. The center is located at Ohio University's 033 Baker University Center. For more information or to volunteer for the project, call the CCS at (740) 593-4007.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. brunch on Monday, Jan. 16, at 11:06 a.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The featured speaker is Kathy Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh. Her speech will be titled, "How Far Have We Come."

"Every year, our goal is to preserve the legacy of Dr. King," says Karl Daniels of Alpha Phi Alpha. "I'm happy to help keep his dreams alive and look forward to the event."

A silent vigil march to Galbreath Chapel on the Ohio University campus will follow the brunch.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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