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Learning, community service among MLK Day activities in Fort Wayne

Diana Riley, left, of Blue Rags crafts, packages up a purchase for Janiece Norfleet during a break Monday at the local Martin Luther King Jr. Club's Unity Day Celebration at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. In addition to vendors and information booths, the Unity Day Celebration included award presentations, entertainment and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Amos Norman, back of table, discusses "The Power of Influence" during his roundtable discussion Monday at the local Martin Luther King Jr. Club's Unity Day Celebration at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. In addition to the roundtable discussions, the event included award presentations, entertainment, and vendors and information booths. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Joe DeLuna, left, of Ligonier, and Joseph Wohlfert of Fowler, Mich., both of whom are juniors at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, inventory food items at the Friends of the Third World shop, 611 W. Wayne St., as part of USF's "A Day On, Not a Day Off" activities Monday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Senior Megan Bracker, left, of Brunswick, Ohio, and junior Mackenzie Richard of Fort Wayne, both of whom are students at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, inventory books at the Friends of the Third World shop, 611 W. Wayne St., as part of USF's "A Day On, Not a Day Off" activities Monday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Some people used the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday as a day off, but others turned it into a day of learning or service in honor of the late civil rights leader.

A few inches of morning snow didn’t deter people from gathering for the local MLK Club’s events at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The club began the day with its Breakfast with the Clergy at 8 a.m. That was followed by the club’s Unity Day Celebration, which included performances by the local Voices of Unity Youth Choir, presentation of community service and scholarship awards, and roundtable discussions with a dozen African-American community leaders about topics they are passionate about or in which they have expertise.

Among other observances Monday, University of Saint Francis students, faculty and staff took part in their annual “A Day On, Not a Day Off” by participating in a learning program and doing community-service projects on campus and around Fort Wayne. The events were open to the public.

The service work included Project Linus blanket making, making mats for the homeless and letter writing at the USF North Campus Gym, 2702 Spring St.

Students, faculty and staff also worked off at campus sites including Mustard Seed Furniture Bank, Friends of the Third World, St. Vincent de Paul Store, Franciscan Center, Vincent Village; American Red Cross and Blue Jacket.

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