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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2021 12:00 AM
By: PDE Press and Communications Office

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared this during a speech he delivered in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday of January in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy. It is the only federal holiday designated as “a day on, not a day off” – a national day of service encouraging volunteerism in communities across the nation.

Millions of people have engaged in a variety of service opportunities on this day over the years.

So, how will you answer Dr. King’s question on January 18, 2021, and celebrate his memory through service to your community?

Although COVID-19 has forced us to do things differently, there are still ways to safely serve your community. To find volunteer opportunities in and around your community, check out AmeriCorps’ MLK Day of Service webpage.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who recognized the ability of service to empower individuals and strengthen communities, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”


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