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Students Give To Charities To Honor Martin Luther King

The city of Bloomington asked students to make a "peace pledge" in honor of civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

The city of Bloomington will add a new educational component to its Martin Luther King Day celebration.

The educational component asks all Monroe County students to make a “peace pledge,” modeling themselves after Dr. King. The pledge will go toward local charities.

Bloomington’s Martin Luther King Commission has been in existence for 20 years, and Service Projects Coordinator Craig Brenner says a significant amount of money is donated to local charities each January.

“This year we are giving out more than $33,000 in grants,” he says. “All of that money was donated to the city, by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and by service for peace.”

Safe and Civil City Director Beverly Calender-Anderson notes this year more than 60 service projects and an anticipated 4,000 volunteers will participate in the city’s festivities.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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