MLK Day is our opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most influential men of the 20th century. Dr. King loved God and America yet found tremendous difficulty sitting and being silent while injustice and racist treatment of Black America was the common play of the day. Dr. King once said, “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” King believed humanity should raise their voices and use their lives not just for themselves and people like them but for the cause of mankind.
His achievements as a prominent American civil rights leader catapulted his name to one of great respect even allowing him to win the Noble Peace Prize in 1964. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. Dr. King said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
Legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This federal holiday was first observed in 1986. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. 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 is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
WE NEED YOU!
The Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will include the opportunity to volunteer at various locations around town. Please sign up for a project and further information will be sent to you.