MLKMartin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday designated as a day of national service. I’ve heard it said that it is not meant to be ‘a day off’, but ‘a day on’.

The MLK Day of Service is 21 January 2013—a day when many Americans, from all over the country, focus on serving in their communities, turning their attention to the folks across the street or a few blocks down rather than doing their usual commute to work. Projects run the gamut: from playing bingo with the elderly, writing letters to soldiers overseas to initiatives long-planned and involving large teams and corporations.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” We each have to answer that in our own way. But I am happy to say that as I scan the general list of project idea areas provided on the official MLK Day website, I automatically picture people I know who are actively doing just those kinds of things. Keep it up, my friends!

Check out the list for yourself. Find a project or share your idea. You might just get yourself some volunteers. If you do a project on MLK day, the Corporation for National & Community Service would like to know about it. You can send them an e-report during the action or send in a story afterward to describe its impact.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Prize acceptance speech


4 comments on “MLK Day

  1. If we all had this frame of mind EVERY day and we all lived to serve each other in big and small ways, I think MLK’s dream would quickly become reality.

  2. Pingback: They Got Served: MLK Day and the Importance of Volunteering | A Green(ish) Life


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