“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and for some time now, people across the nation have commemorated the holiday and honored the inspiring man behind it by finding ways to give back to their communities. The history of Martin Luther King Jr. is strongly tied to the Washington, D.C. area, which makes us feel especially connected to its power and especially proud.
A QUICK HISTORY
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led a march on Washington that sparked impactful legislation like the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. Since 1986, King has been honored with a federal holiday in his name. The holiday is observed every 3rd Monday in January.
According to History.com, King’s famous “I have a dream” speech which is both powerful and eloquent, is believed to have been greatly improvised rather than plotted and rehearsed. This makes it all the more inspiring, and helps to illustrate the passion and of King as well as his superb orator skills.
A LITTLE MOTIVATION
It’s likely that your newsfeeds and social media pages have been filled with motivating MLK quotes this week. If you’re looking for ways to get involved and to honor his legacy, we’ve pulled together a few tips from the Corporation for National and Community Service:
Start by searching for ways that you can serve your community. Look for things that most align with your passions and strengths. Ready to browse now? Have a peek here: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve
See a need that is unfilled? Plan an event designed to fill that need or provide support. To gain more traction and additional helping hands, register your event anytime at AllforGood.org, and those willing and ready to volunteer will reach out to you.
Already found your passion? Consider making your holiday volunteering a long-term thing. The Senior Corps and AmeriCorps national service programs offer many ways to assist your surrounding community and give back in ways that will be truly meaningful. And their programs provide a broad range of service options, from helping fight poverty to mentoring children or supporting victims of a disaster.
By working together for the benefit of our surrounding community and its people, we too can achieve greatness just as Martin Luther King Jr. did. What a perfect gift for a man who has given us so much.