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Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service

WHAT: American University's Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day

WHEN: 9 a.m to 3 p.m., Monday, January 19

WHERE: Various sites in Washington, D.C.

MEDIA: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5951 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 100 members of the American University community will spend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday assisting senior citizens throughout Washington, D.C., in honor King’s legacy of community service. 

Groups of students, alumni, faculty, and staff will visit four sites in Southeast Washington and take part in beautification programs, food delivery services, and computer literacy classes to strengthen the connection of the university with the community.  AU’s efforts are part of a broader campaign by Serve D.C., an organization that coordinates community service through the mayor’s office to transform Martin Luther King Jr. Day from a day off into a true celebration of King’s work. 

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.