Honoring MLK's legacy through serving

Posted on: January 16, 2013

One woman’s refusal made a statement. Thousands’ refusal made history. In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white man and was arrested. In response, thousands of citizens refused to ride public buses until change occured.

Coordinated by Martin Luther King Jr. and others, the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott united thousands of voices into one cry for justice, eventually leading to a Supreme Court decision ending segregation across the U.S.

In honor of King’s legacy as a community organizer and activist, College of the Mainland will host a commemoration on Jan. 24 in the COM Learning Resources Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Rev. Malcolm Dotson, of New Beginning Church in League City, will share how citizens can make a difference through collaboration. He will discuss ways to effectively coordinate volunteers to assist with nonprofits, community events and fundraisers.
“To honor Martin Luther King, we want to look at what we can do for our community, not what our community can do for us,” said Al Bass, COM dean of special projects. “We also want students to see what they can do to serve, starting in college.”

In addition, COM is hosting Martin Luther King Jr. video tributes on Jan. 22 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center. These presentations will feature historical footage of rallies, King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and interviews with King and others to give audiences a greater understanding of the man, his time and his impact today.

All events are free and open to the public. Call 409-933-8916 for more information.


Rev. Malcolm Dotson will discuss the impact of volunteers at COM’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration Jan. 24.

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