Marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a National Day of Service

The following message is from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH):

Monday, January 18th is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day—an opportunity for us to reflect on the life and work of Dr. King, who devoted himself to making this country a better place. Dr. King left behind a legacy of activism and civil disobedience, fighting for civil rights and against racism and economic inequality—urging our nation to live up to its full potential as a place of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

Dr. King’s dream for America is not yet realized, and it is up to us to work together towards making the United States a more perfect union. The legacy of Dr. King’s sacrifice and his devotion to his community and the country is honored through our service today.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Service has become an instrumental part of the way many observe this important holiday. Congress designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a National Day of Service in 1994, calling on the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS) to encourage civic and community service. Whether through their schools, places of worship, CNCS, local community centers, service organizations, or independent ingenuity, many people across the country will treat this day as a “day on, not a day off,” spending part of their day giving back to their neighbors and to the community.

Click here to find out more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and to see if there are volunteer opportunities near you. To find out more about CNCS and national service programs



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