Belhaven Students Celebrate Annual MLK Day of Service

The motto of Belhaven University is “To Serve, Not to Be Served,” and for over 10 years, students, staff and faculty at Belhaven have participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day.

This year, over 300 students volunteered at charitable organizations around Jackson. Athletic teams, student organizations, residence hall groups and groups of friends took their day off of class to serve the community.

“The campus-wide MLK Service Day is a great way for the Belhaven University community to come together to serve those around us, said, JoBeth Petty Murphree, Director of Student Leadership. “Serving others was at the core of all that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did in his lifetime and is a significant part of the legacy he left us.  This day is set aside to honor him and help others!”

One of the organizations that Belhaven students served on Monday was the Spencer Perkins Center, an outreach effort of the John M. Perkins Foundation. The center is committed to the development of inner city youth, community development, and teaching and training opportunities.

Minister and Civil rights pioneer John M. Perkins is pictured above with a group of Belhaven students. One of the organizations that Belhaven students served on Monday was the Spencer Perkins Center, an outreach effort of the John M. Perkins Foundation. The center is committed to the development of inner city youth, community development, and teaching and training opportunities.

John M. Perkins serves on the Belhaven University Board of Advisors, and has received an honorary doctorate from Belhaven to celebrate his civil rights work. Fellow CCCU member Seattle Pacific University recently opened the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training and Community Development, and Christian band Switchfoot released the song “The Sound (John Perkins’ Blues).”

Other Jackson-area organizations such as Mission First, We Will Go, Habitat for Humanity, as well as area churches received volunteers from Belhaven this year.