South Dakota holds 'A Day On, Not a Day Off' for MLK

Activism was the subject of the day for students at the University of South Dakota who turned out to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16.

"There is a strong culture of volunteerism and community service here at USD in general," Kim Albracht, assistant director of academic engagement, said. "The MLK Day of Service is about people across the nation not only honoring King, but saying and demonstrating that we do care and want to work together to address core social issues our communities face."

The event, known as "A Day On, Not a Day Off," showcased partnerships between the university and Vermillion Backpack Program, Vermillion Public Library, Heartland Humane Society, Sanford Care Center, Yankton Boys and Girls Club, Yankton Homeless Shelter, and SESDAC, a non-profit that helps families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"What I truly love about the MLK Day of Service is the immersion with local organizations that participants are able to be involved with," Raven Blahnik, a student at USD, said. "This day of volunteering allows students to learn about their community and the people and problems within it. Alongside this, MLK Day allows participants to use their skills and knowledge to make a difference within their community."

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