Martin Luther King Day unites community in service, Walk of Life


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The BYU community celebrated the Martin Luther King holiday by donating blood, visiting senior citizens and participating in a candlelit procession from the Bell Tower to the Wilkinson Student Center, where Pastor France A. Davis, from the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City gave a keynote address.

Elliott Miller
Sarah Gunderson (left) and Meredith Smith (right), freshmen at BYU, put together a lady-bug themed matching game for Head Start on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Head Start is a volunteer-based organization that supports pre-school aged children of low-income families. (Elliott Miller)

Cultural Programs Coordinator Mario Pereyra played a major role in organizing Community Outreach Day this year and expressed the university’s excitement at being able to host Davis.

The annual “Walk of Life” started at the Bell Tower at 5:30 p.m. Participants then lit their candles and walked to the WSC. The commemoration portion then began.

Along with the ceremonies, 20 different service events began at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning in the WSC.

Community Outreach Day began in 2009. More than 1,000 participants attended last year.

(All service photos by Elliott Miller)

(All “Walk of Life” photos by Maddi Dayton)

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