Next Monday, many of us will be enjoying a day off from work or school, but I wonder how many people stop and think about why.
Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.
On November 2, 1983, legislation was signed by President Ronald Reagan
creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a
national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
January 21, 2013 will mark the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal
holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr.
King’s legacy through service. By being a part of this day of service, you
honor his life and help to transform his teachings into community action that
can make a difference.
If anyone is looking for something to do, the Watchdogs of the Watersheds
will be hosting a creek clean-up – meet up with us at 10:00AM next Monday at
Riverton Memorial Park, in the parking area on 8th Street. For details or more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or