CMU kicked off its annual celebration Monday remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a community peace brunch and march from campus to downtown Mount Pleasant.
Speakers at the unity brunch included CMU President George E. Ross, finalists of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest and the president of CMU's Organization for Black Unity. In the afternoon, hundreds of students and community members braved cold temperatures to walk from campus to downtown Mount Pleasant in honor of Dr. King. The march concluded with remarks from the vice president of the CMU chapter of the NAACP.
"There are still many injustices in the world, but it is important that we stand together and display acts of change and care," said CMU senior Adrienne Bright of Flushing.
Students also took part in a day of service to honor Dr. King's commitment to giving back to our communities and those in need. Projects included the creation of blankets for children in foster care, valentine cards for veterans, murals and more. The day of service was coordinated by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center.
CMU's MLK Week events continue with a voter registration drive and special viewing of the film "Selma" with First Lady Ross on Tuesday, speaker Shaun King on Wednesday evening and the annual Unity Ball Saturday.
For a full list of CMU's 2016 MLK Week events, visit the Multicultural Academic Student Services website.
Photo gallery: CommUNITY Peace Brunch
Photo gallery: Peace March commemorates King’s dream