“No Time To Sit Down” Is the Theme For the University of West Georgia’s 2010 MLK Celebration
UWG’s office of Institutional Diversity will be hosting the university’s 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. This year the goal is to make the event a big celebration of all of the things King did to improve the rights of all races, and to show there is still more to be done.
The theme for the celebration “No Time To Sit Down” is meant to convey the message that even though a lot of progress has been made in the fight for equality, there is still more to be done. With new challenges facing minorities such as AIDS, high rate of African Americans in prison, lower life expectancy and increased health care risk, the movement for equality is still thriving in America.
The symbolism of MLK Day has changed over the decades and is now seen as a day of service, which is something Jenkins sees as a good thing.
“ There are still many more challenges facing minorities, and one of the key steps in change is more people of minorities graduating from college, and an increase in call for service to communities,” said Dr. Jack Jenkins from the office of Institutional Diversity.
With this MLK celebration UWG hopes to pay tribute to the past achievements of the leaders of the equality movement, as well as inspire younger generations to do their part in future efforts.