C15: Challenge - MLK Day of Service

College of Charleston
Fourth Annual MLK Challenge
January 21, 2008

We are gearing up for the fifth annual MLK Challenge, a day of service to commemorate Dr. King's dream on January 21, 2008. On this day of service, students are grouped into diverse teams and given a "challenge" project to benefit the local community. Since the first MLK Challenge, CofC teams have developed creative solutions to a range of community needs, provided physical and intellectual help around the city, and collected nearly $22,000 worth of project-specific donations. We are recruiting faculty and staff to participate as team facilitators for the challenge projects. Responsibilities include driving a passenger van, facilitating student problem solving and reflection, and providing guidance when necessary. We want to capitalize on the strengths of our faculty and staff by allowing you to list preferences of areas of interest (e.g. environment, women's issues, poverty) and skills (e.g. construction, creativity, resource development) and will give priority to those who respond early. For more information contact the CHEC Community Service Center at chec@cofc.edu or 953-5838.
The Teams From 2007
  • Determination
  • Diginity
  • Diversity
  • Dream
  • Equality
  • Freedom
  • Greatness
  • Harmony
  • Honor
  • Humanity
  • Peace
  • Perseverance
  • Power
  • Triumph
  • Unity
This is one way for a college to inspire students through challenge. Visit the link to see the student teams have a good time taking on the challenge.

I woke this morning to King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech from April 3, 1968. This was his last speech given to Sanitation Workers in Memphis. As I grapple with this year long challenge, my household waste is a much more important thing in my thinking then it was forty years ago. Just imagine having a national leader going to speak to a group of Sanitation Workers in a smaller southern city today. Unless there was a profit motive it simply wouldn't happen. This man was a treasure.