This week, we will be off Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy. In 1983, in the Washington Post, his wife Coretta Scott King wrote "The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration . . . Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching nonviolent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress."
Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. The Corporation for National and Community service has been charged to lead this effort for the last quarter century.
Looking for a way to service your community this MLK Day? Click the link below to search for volunteer opportunities your families can use to reflect, serve, and commemorate.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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