MLK Day: Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through Service
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”
This quote is only a glimpse into the remarkable work and legacy left behind by Dr. King, who is honored each year on MLK Day.
Taking this philosophy of service a step further is the National Day of Service. This is an annual tradition that encourages people to spend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in service of their communities.
Starting in 1983, the third Monday in January has always been dedicated to celebrating the momentous work of Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement, and in 1994, Congress also deemed the holiday the National Day of Service.
Although the holiday might look different this year due to a recent surge in COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to serve your community while making sure you and your loved ones stay safe. You can serve any cause you’re passionate about or feel comfortable with, but if you need inspiration, check-in with your local church, view the SHINE-FM Community Events Page or try browsing The Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism’s resources here. There are plenty of virtual and socially distanced service opportunities to participate in.
No matter how you choose to volunteer, we hope you are able to stay safe, serve, and honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his incredible work for the Civil Rights Movement.