Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia and his birthday was first declared a federal holiday in 1986. He was a very important leader and activist during the Civil Rights movement. Dr. King devoted his life to equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be.
In recognition of Dr. King’s incredible legacy of service to all, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a National Day of Service in 1994. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
The MLK Day of Service shines a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides – today and throughout the year. Many communities will also engage in dialogue to explore ways they can address important issues. National Days of Service provide us with an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to tackle community challenges and strengthen the nation.
The 2021 MLK Day of Service is almost here – this year it is observed on January 18 – and Americans across the country are rolling up their sleeves in service. Are you and your family ready to go out and serve? Here’s how to get involved and honor Dr. King’s legacy: check out www.MLKDay.gov to locate a service project in your community.