Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

January 21, 2013

MLK March 8

MLK March 8, photo by JSmith Photo

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope you have today off. I also hope that you get a little time to reflect on the continuing quest for equality for all, here in Michigan and all over the planet. Until we all have equal rights, it doesn’t seem to me like we can truly count ourselves successful.

If you do have the day off, MLK Day is also a National Day of Service. The State of Michigan explains:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” To honor his words of inspiration and encouragement, the Michigan Community Service Commission asks you to mark January 21, 2013 on your calendar for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service was initiated by Congress in 1994 and has been developed beyond a federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service. In honor of this special day, thousands of service projects will be planned across the country grounded in Dr. King’s teachings of nonviolence and social justice.

File that page away for next year as you can seek small grants from the state for events that engage volunteers in community projects and head over to MLKday.gov to find projects in your community.

See Jeffrey’s photo background big and see more in his MLK CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil slideshow.

More MLK on Michigan in Pictures – be sure to check out the Great March to Freedom!

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