Mount Mercy hosts opening ceremony for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Mount Mercy College will host a ceremony celebrating the value of service in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake will welcome the community. Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett will serve as guest speaker, as well as Dedric Doolin, president of the Cedar Rapids branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The ceremony will also feature the Presentation of Colors, a reading of a Mayoral Proclamation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and a multimedia slideshow titled “Made By History.”

In addition to the ceremony, Mount Mercy is partnering with the East Central Iowa Volunteer Center for two days of community-wide service. Volunteers aged 14 and older are being sought to assist with projects at numerous non-profit agencies in the Cedar Rapids area. 

This year, service dates will be held over two days: Saturday, January 16 and Monday, January 18. Volunteers will consist of students from Mount Mercy College and other members of the community. They will be serving at the following locations between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day:

 • Aid to Women, 701 Center Point Rd. NE (both days)
 • ARC of East Central Iowa, 680 Second St. SE (Monday)
 • Mission of Hope, 1537 First Ave. SE (Saturday)
 • St. John Catholic Worker House, 1027 Fifth Ave. SE (Monday)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities while reaching for a common goal. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, initiated in 1994 by Congress, is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday honoring its namesake into a day of community service. 

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928, Mount Mercy provides opportunities to integrate faith and learning for all students. In the spirit of its founder, Sister Catherine McAuley, Mount Mercy is committed to serving the community wherever human need exists through four interdependent goals: using reflective judgment, engaging in strategic communication, serving the common good, and promoting purposeful living.

Those interested in volunteering on either or both days are encouraged to call the East Central Iowa Volunteer Center at (319) 540-4810 or register online at

The 2010 MLK Day of Service is sponsored by Mount Mercy College and the Community Corrections Improvement Association/VISTA Corridor Recovery.

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