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LVC Commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01.17.13 |

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Lebanon Valley College will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21 by mobilizing dozens of students to serve in honor of the slain civil rights leader's legacy. The College will also host a celebration event featuring speaker Quay Hanna and a performance by the Imani Edutainers African Dance Company, pictured at right. The celebration event is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in Lutz Hall.

The students will join hundreds of thousands of Americans of every age and background who will celebrate Dr. King through service projects based in their local communities in what is called "A Day On, Not A Day Off." LVC is closed for the day and classes are canceled.

Most of the students will spend the day at the donation supply warehouse of the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, an international service organization based in Lebanon. They will help to organize donations and to clean the large facility which once served as a box factory. Some will help out at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Build-It Store in Lebanon. Others will spend the day working at the Domestic Violence Intervention Center in Lebanon to help with cleaning and maintaining the building grounds, helping to sort and organize donations, preparing mailings, and other tasks.

The students will also work to improve facilities at the MLK Jr. Family Life Center and Lebanon Family Health Services in Lebanon. Those who travel to the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association in Grantville will be cleaning horse stalls, horse tack, and the equipment used in their therapeutic riding sessions. Interpersonal programs have also been planned for Countryside Christian Community in Annville.

"At the end of the day, we hope that our students are inspired for a lifetime of taking action in light of Dr. King's commitment to making our nation better," said Rev. Paul Fullmer, chaplain and director of community service and volunteerism at LVC. "The Day of Service transforms the students' knowledge of Dr. King's life and teachings into community action."

Quay Hanna's presentation later that evening is titled "The Covert is the Overt." In 1993, Hanna set out on a mission. After graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English, he left his small town of Strasburg, Pa., to see America. He hopped on a Greyhound bus and began traversing the country. Nine weeks, 37 states, and 12,000 miles later, he got more than an incredible journey and hundreds of stories to tell. As he traveled he was forced to confront his own racist and prejudiced beliefs, making him realize that he had more to offer the world than his lifelong hatred of others. On his return to Strasburg, he had a new objective: to reach out to his subculture-rural, white America-and to challenge racist beliefs as his were challenged on the trip.

The Imani Edutainers African Dance Company is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by Sonya Mann-McFarlane in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sonya relocated to Lancaster, Pa., in 1993 and continues to promote community awareness, appreciation, and understanding of African culture and community enlightenment. The performing company has received rave reviews for performances and presentations in Lancaster County and beyond.

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