January 19 – National Day of Service

Posted on January 19, 2015

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


There is beauty and wonder in trying to figure out how life, the universe, and everything works. It's wonderful to try to make the world a more beautiful place, too – whether through planting lupines along the highway or through painting murals on public buildings.

But maybe a part of every life could also be spent answering Dr. King's question with actions of selfless giving. And I'm thinking of giving of our time and energy as well as of our money. I'm thinking of everyone spending a little bit of their time in the world in an effort to make it a better place—more just, more kind, happier, safer.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day has become a great excuse for people to come together and work together to do service projects that will help others.



Check out the Corporation for National and Community Service website for ideas, toolkits, lesson plans about Dr. King's legacy, and more. You can find there stats about last year's Day of Service, and you can find links to helpful organizations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Senior Corps.


Did you know...?

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by Harris Wofford—then a Pennsylvania Senator—and John Lewis—then a Congressman from Atlanta, Georgia—who wrote the change into the law. The law was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day has been observed for many years in Hiroshima, Japan, and in Toronto, Canada.

Martin Luther King, Jr., is one of only four non-presidents to be memorialized on or near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and he is the first African-American honored with a memorial in such a central location of the capital.


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