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Macomb Community College students, faculty and staff observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with volunteerism

– Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:00AM

Winner of Macomb’s MLK student essay contest will present winning entry

Martin Luther King Jr. said “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

In that spirit, students, faculty and staff of Macomb Community College will serve the community, volunteering at more than 30 sites across the metro Detroit area, on this year’s MLK Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 20, as well as the Saturday before, Jan. 18. Activities will include serving food to the needy at local soup kitchens, working on homes with Habitat for Humanity, assembling “care packages” for soldiers and making items for hospitalized children.

“Participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service has become an important tradition at Macomb Community College,” said Jim Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College. “King’s example of service has inspired the Macomb College community to honor his legacy by working together to make a tangible difference in southeast Michigan.”

Macomb’s MLK Day of Service events on Jan. 20 will begin with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. on the college’s South Campus in the John K. Lewis Student Community Center (K Building), on Hayes Road, between 12 Mile and Martin roads in Warren.  President Jacobs will provide opening remarks, followed by a special presentation from 19-year-old Macomb student Adna Avdic of Clinton Township, winner of the college’s first-ever MLK Day of Service student essay contest. Avdic will read her essay, “From Goot to Good,” which discusses the dreams of her Bosnian immigrant parents and their struggle to fit in to their adopted country. Avdic said King’s life and work had a lot of relevance to her own family’s situation.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Avdic said. When learning about King in school, she said, his willingness to pursue a path of reconciliation and nonviolence in the face of injustice made a strong impression. 

Avdic, who was born in Bosnia, said she is the first person in her family to go to college. She is studying business administration at Macomb and hopes to transfer to Walsh College after two years.  To download a copy of Avdic’s essay and those of finalists Dakota Wayne Jackson of Clinton Township and Dawn Marie Still of Sterling Heights, click here.

Volunteer activities at most sites will take place from 9 a.m. until noon. 

Note to editors and reporters

There are several opportunities for coverage and photography of college students, faculty and staff at volunteer locations on the MLK Day of Service.  If you are interested, please contact James Melton at, 586.445.7271 (office) or 313.580.8423 (cell).

You also can drop by activities taking place from 9 a.m. to noon in the K Building after the opening ceremony.  These include making blankets for the homeless, cleaning musical instruments, creating packages for troops and making items for hospitalized children. For a campus map, click here.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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