MLK collageNorthern Arizona University took time on Monday to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service and community.

The festivities kicked off with the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. march through campus led by NAU’s Black Student Union. Students were joined by faculty, staff, administrators and coaches in an hour-long march to the du Bois Center for a student-run program that included speeches, musical performances, voter registration and a volunteer fair.

Following the “Defend Your Dream” program, members of the Student Athletics Advisory Committee hosted a “Ballers’ Ball” and raised over $1,000 to benefit the Murdoch Community Center in Flagstaff.

In the community, NAU’s Civic Service Institute organized a food drive in Camp Verde and partnered with United Blood Services to host a blood drive at the Murdoch Community Center.