As you know, Monday, January 20, 2014 is a federal holiday to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This day also marks a national day of service. Martin Luther King Jr. was not only a pivotal civil rights leader; he also encouraged all Americans to live up to their purpose and potential to make this county a better place to live.
The King Center website describes him this way: “Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the peaceful teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King led a nonviolent movement in the late 1950’s and ‘60s to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United States. While others were advocating for freedom by “any means necessary,” including violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
Find out how you can serve in your community here. This is an opportunity to celebrate a great man by improving the community we live in with an act of kindness and generosity. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.