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Milligan announces a “Day On” honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2022) — Milligan has declared Monday, January 17, as a “Day On” instead of a day off, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s emphasis on servant-leadership, which mirrors Milligan’s mission. Milligan will be closed, but encourages all faculty, staff and students to make it a day of service to the local community. 

King was an influential American civil rights leader, best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. 

His commitment to service has inspired many to work together to make positive change. In his final sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, King shared, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve … You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

Milligan students will volunteer with several local organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank, One Acre Cafe, Coalition for Kids, Habitat for Humanity and the Melting Pot.

The involvement will include preparing and packing food for those in need, supporting construction projects for low-income families, engaging with children through after-school programs, and helping local charities with organization and upkeep at their facilities.

“I’m pleased that our students, along with faculty and staff, will join together to honor the memory and influence of Martin Luther King Jr. through leadership and service to our community,” said Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer. “These service opportunities put King’s message into action and honor Milligan’s mission of preparing students as servant-leaders.”

The Milligan MLK Day of Service is an event coordinated by the Milligan Office of Multicultural Engagement, the Multicultural Education Resource Team (MERT), the Campus Ministry Office, Linking Individuals to the Needs of the Community (LINC), and the Student Government Association.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts institution in Johnson City, Tennessee, whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant-leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. To learn more , visit or call 423.461.8700.

Posted by Chase McGlamery on January 12, 2022.