Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Bucknell

Since 1983 the U.S. government has officially recognized the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther Jr. with an annual national holiday in January. Bucknell honors Dr. King's impact annually by inviting the campus community to attend the annual MLK Beloved Dinner.

The 2012 MLK Beloved Dinner focuses on Dr. King's influence on social justice. The Dinner will occur in late January and student creativity will be integral to the Dinner. The planning committee plans to feature two dynamic Bucknell students to each deliver a 4-5 minute speech. Abraham Khan from the class of 2012 won the first MLK Beloved Dinner speech contest.

Read Abraham Khan's Winning Speech: "An idea without action is like a bow without an arrow."

Beloved Community Dinner

On Monday, Jan. 30, Bucknell hosted the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration "Beloved" dinner, which began at 5:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center. The Beloved Community is a term used by King to describe a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth, with racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. Here is a photo collection of this beloved dinner this year.

MLK Community Service

As part of Bucknell's MLK Community Day of Service program, students volunteers will work with local agencies Jan. 28 through Feb. 28. Service projects include assisting in the HandUp Foundation thrift store in Milton and cleaning assistance at the Sunbury YMCA (Jan. 28); making Black History Month educational items for Linntown Intermediate School (Feb. 7); facilitating educational workshops at Linntown Intermediate School (Feb. 16), Essex Place (Feb. 20), and Meadowview (Feb. 21); baking healthy snacks for local after-school programs (Feb. 22); and making no-sew fleece blankets for victims of the fall 2011 flood (Feb. 28).