A Million Steps for Martin Returns to AU


Anderson, Ind. — In the midst of a pandemic-altered season, Anderson University introduced a new event to its 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day festivities, which will be returning for a second year in January 2022. A Million Steps for Martin, a walking challenge that asks individuals or groups to log a million steps, is now open.

“We’re doing this event again because it was successful last year, and we’re hoping that even more people will participate in it this coming year,” said Brian Martin, director of the Cultural Resource Center. “For those of us who register, we believe it serves as a practical reminder that if we want to be involved in seeing Dr. King’s dream become a reality, we need to take steps toward it every day by loving one another the way Jesus loves us.”

The Peace and Justice March over the Historic Eighth Street Bridge in Anderson is the highlight of AU’s MLK Day festivities, but in January 2021, the event was virtual, so AU asked its community to march individually by taking a million steps in honor of Dr. King.

This event also aims to raise funds for the Multicultural Student Success Fund. A donation is not required to participate, but is optional after signing up. All proceeds will go toward helping students in need, who, without this program, would not be able to stay at AU due to financial hardship.

“The theme for MLK Day 2022 is ‘From a Dream to Reality,’” said Martin. “The Million Steps for Martin event brings attention and awareness to MLK Day by helping us focus on doing our part individually and collectively to help Dr. King’s dream become a reality.”

This year’s challenge is now open. Participants can register online and track their steps from now through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 17, 2022.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.