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Remembering a man of service

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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.

SSign up to volunteer at a soup kitchenign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen

Sign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen

EEliminate trash at the parkliminate trash at the park

Eliminate trash at the park

RRun a day camp for children with working parentsun a day camp for children with working parents

Run a day camp for children with working parents

VVisit the elderly: have a conversation, shovel their drive way, etc.isit the elderly: have a conversation, shovel their drive way, etc.

Visit the elderly: have a conversation, shovel their drive way, etc.

IInvent craft projects for children in hospitalsnvent craft projects for children in hospitals

Invent craft projects for children in hospitals

CCarry meals to home-bound neighborsarry meals to home-bound neighbors

Carry meals to home-bound neighbors

EExpand inventory at the food bank by donatingxpand inventory at the food bank by donatingExpand inventory at the food bank by donating