Today, we honor civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a federal holiday. This is the only federal holiday considered a national day of service, and that is something that we all can take part in.
Many see it as “a day on, not a day off,” meaning this a day to serve others, not to sit at home and relax.
I love this quote by Dr. King on serving:
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Reflect on King’s work
As we honor what would have been King’s 91st birthday on January 15, we can reflect on his work to address injustices in our society.
Dr. King became the leader in the Civil Rights Movement to end racial segregation and discrimination in America in the 1950s and 1960s. He spoke up for nonviolent methods of achieving social change.
King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. In the speech, he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
Cities and governments across the nation have planned programs and events to honor the legacy and the work of Dr. King. Use the day to learn more about the Civil Rights movement, Dr. King’s dream, and what is lacking in your community. Join me in serving others today and commit to fulfilling the dream of racial equality and nonviolence.
How will you serve, and what will you commit to throughout 2020? We have much work to do. Do you have a dream?