Lubbock offices closing for MLK Day; Texas Tech hosting celebrations

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City of Lubbock Offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Normal operations will resume Tuesday.

As city, state and federal offices are closed for the holiday Monday, Texas Tech will kick off a week of celebrations honoring the late civil rights leaders.

City closings

Residential Trash Collection

Monday residential trash collection will be picked up on Tuesday, and Tuesday's routes will be picked up on Wednesday.

Recycling/Landfill Operations

City of Lubbock Drop-off Recycling, Citizen Convenience Stations and both landfill facilities will be closed Monday. Normal operations will resume Tuesday.

Libraries

All Lubbock Public Library locations will be closed Monday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

Cultural Facilities

The Buddy Holly Center, Silent Wings Museum and the Garden & Arts Center will also be closed Monday with normal hours and operations resuming Tuesday.

Community Centers

The adult meal program will not be offered on Monday, but will resume normally on Tuesday.

Texas Tech MLK events

Texas Tech University will host Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2022 from Jan. 17-24. The week offers the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities a chance to reflect on the life and legacy of MLK. The week’s events are presented by the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) and University Student Housing.

“Every year we have an opportunity to reflect, renew and re-engage in celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Texas Tech. “The theme this year recenters our focus on our individual roles and responsibilities in advancing the work and furthering the call to be servant leaders and agents of change. Each of us has the power, and ability to make the world a little better for others. That is MLK’s charge and his legacy living through each of us.”

Carol A. Sumner
Carol A. Sumner

The MLK Celebration is one that Texas Tech has been committed to celebrating through the past years, even through COVID-19, as the events have largely shifted to an online format. In 2022, the events will focus on equity through the theme, “It Starts With Me.”

“It’s important for our campus community to celebrate the life of MLK as humanity as a whole continues to benefit from his courageous leadership, contributions and personal sacrifices,” said Cory S. Powell, director of the Office of Institutional Diversity at Texas Tech and co-chair of the MLK planning committee. “This week provides opportunities for us to celebrate and honor the legacy of MLK while also providing inspiration for the continuance of his work.”

MLK Week events include:

MLK Day of Service: time specific to volunteer opportunity, Monday (Jan. 17), sign-up at Volunteer Center of Lubbock (open to the public)

MLK Week Art Exhibit at University Library: Jan. 19-24

MLK Wreath Placing Ceremony: 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18), Memorial Circle

Fourth Annual MLK Legacy March Reflection Route: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18), Reflection Route (open to the public)

Voter Registration Drive: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 19), Student Union Building (SUB)

Living Legends Panel: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 19), virtual event, register here (open to the public)

Library Great Reads Kick-off Event: 5:30-7 p.m. (Jan. 20), Register here virtually

Meals on Wheels Service Event: Friday (Jan. 21) faculty and staff only, sign up here

Men’s basketball Game (Texas Tech vs. West Virginia): 11 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 22), United Supermarkets Arena

Law School speaker event: 6-8 p.m. Monday (Jan. 24), virtual event, registration TBD

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock offices closing for MLK Day; Texas Tech hosting celebrations

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