Citadel cadets put the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into action

Photo: Cadets volunteering with Hope to Home on the MLK Day of Service. (Courtesy: Cadet Claire Thomas, ’23)

Some Citadel cadets spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday giving back to the local community.

The MLK Day of Service is a national effort to use the holiday honoring the civil rights leader into a day of community service. It was created by Congress in 1994 through the King Holiday and Service Act.

On Monday, Jan. 17, the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics — with sponsorship from The Citadel African American Alumni Association (C4A) — participated in this national event to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. It’s one of the events the Krause Center regularly hosts to increase community service.

Attendees heard from two guest speakers: Tonya Matthews, Ph.D., CEO of the International African American Museum, and Henry Darby, principal of North Charleston High School and member of Charleston County Council.

The on-campus event was followed by service projects with Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charles Towne Landing and Hope to Home.

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4