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Events at UNA Honor Life, Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 14, 2020



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 

FLORENCE, AL – On Monday, Jan. 20, the University of North Alabama campus and Shoals community are invited to UNA for two events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history. 

The Office of Student Engagement is partnering with Numana, Inc. to have a Day of Service as volunteers will package more than 30,000 meals for local food pantries. The first 300 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers are asked to check-in between 10-10:30 a.m. in the atrium of the Guillot University Center. After a brief welcome message, they will be assigned stations. 

Immediately after the Day of Service, UNA’s annual MLK Unity Luncheon and March will begin at noon in the atrium of the Guillot University Center on campus. UNA President Ken Kitts will speak briefly, as will Ron Patterson, Chief Enrollment Officer and Assistant to the President for Diversity; and Student Government Association President Sam Mashburn. Attendees will then march to the Baptist Campus Ministries building for lunch, catered by Rhoda P’s Restaurant, and a program with speaker and UNA alumnus Marcus Motton. 

“The program will involve others from the community joining together to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King and his message of unity, justice, and community,” said Joan Williams, Director of the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity. “The goal of the program is to inspire students and attendees to understand their power to make a positive difference in their communities.” 

The Unity March and Luncheon is open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Institutional Equity at UNA. There is no fee to attend, and no registration is required. 

About The University of North Alabama 

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/