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MLK challenge day of service: Part of the celebration in Fayetteville, NC

An essential element of the Martin Luther King celebration across the nation will be the MLK Day of Service, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. This year marks the fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Challenge Day of Service in Fayetteville, NC.

An important component of the Martin Luther King Day celebrations is the Day of Service which encourages community involvement through service.

Empowering individuals to bridge barriers and create solutions to social problems activates communities to move closer to Dr. King's vision of a “beloved community.” Working alongside individuals of all ages, races and backgrounds, Dr. King encouraged Americans to come together to strengthen communities through service.

What is the MLK Challenge Day of Service?

Faculty, administrators, staff, and students of Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, and Fayetteville Technical Community College invite the residents of Fayetteville and Cumberland County to come out and help serve the local community in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making this annual Day of Service "a day on, not a day off."

Through this collaborative effort more than 250 people provided community service through 13 local organizations last year. Plans are to make an even larger impact in 2014 by mobilizing at least 350 participants on this year’s National Day of Service.

The Day of Service is open to anyone. If participants are under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by an adult. The event takes place at the Lilly Gymnasium of Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301. Registration & service site assignments begin at 8:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. For registration go to

For further information contact Melissa L. Lyon, 910-672-2460,

The accompanying video highlights the life of Dr. King as a social activist.

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