The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in a nation of freedom and justice. He encouraged citizens to apply the concept of nonviolence in efforts to make America a better, stronger place. King’s “I Have A Dream” and “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speeches inspired and guided America towards equality for African Americans. Across the country, his impact is recognized on the third Monday of every January. This year, King’s efforts will be celebrated on January 21st.
Shortly after his assassination on April 4, 1968, a campaign was begun to make his birthday, January 15, a national holiday. It was endorsed in 1976 and in 1983 with the help of 6 million signatures, President Ronald Reagan signed the bill into law.
MLK Day is meant to be a day of service. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their backgrounds.
People of every age and background celebrate Dr. King’s legacy through service projects that strengthen communities and make individuals better citizens of America.
A day of service is the perfect way to honor all that Dr. King did. King stood for equality for all and treating everyone with the same respect. He did not want race, gender or age to affect someone’s judgement of another. By volunteering for service in the community, everyone has an opportunity to work together in an environment where no one is judged. Give back to Dr. King for all he gave.
Sign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen
Eliminate trash at the park
Run a day camp for children with working parents
Visit the elderly: have a conversation, shovel their drive way, etc.
Invent craft projects for children in hospitals
Carry meals to home-bound neighbors
Expand inventory at the food bank by donating