Honoring 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 MLK 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 a national day of service.
According to The Corporation for National and Community Service, thousands upon thousands take full advantage of this federal holiday to serve others in need and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.
If you want to get involved and begin your year serving your community, there are countless ways to do so. You can volunteer with a cause that is important to you, or The Corporation for National Community Service provides a search tool that can connect you to a variety of volunteer opportunities in your area.
No matter how you prefer to serve, this day is “intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community’.”
Read more about Dr. King’s impact on the Civil Rights Movement and the MLK Day of Service.