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Happy Martin Luther King Day!!!
It’s a bittersweet celebration. As is remembering anyone who has passed on, but there is something profoundly different about celebrating the life of Dr Martin Luther King. I won’t go into all his accomplishments as much of that is common knowledge by now, the man did more for the people of this nation, People of Color specifically, Dr King’s teaching brought us together. We now have freedoms that our ancestors could’ve never dreamed possible. All of that is 100% true, however, we seem to have forgotten Dr King’s message and in my opinion, dishonored his legacy.
There was a movement to increase volunteerism in the spirit of Dr King. A way to reach out and help our communities, honoring his legacy and ensuring future generations understand what civil service and community activism is all about. In recent years this seems to have died out, no one is talking about it anymore, even agencies that would normally welcome volunteers and set up special projects in honor of MLK Day seem to have fallen by the wayside.
So as today is Dr King Day it is most likely to late to find a formal volunteer opportunity, however there are things you can do in your community to be of service to others and honor Dr King’s infamous I Have a Dream Speech and legacy left behind for us to spread.
10 Ways to Make MLK Day a Day On… Not a Day Off
- If it’s snowing in your area offer to shovel the walk and driveway of an elderly neighbor.
- Donate Food to a Local Food Pantry. Many Families depend on food donations to get by.
- Download the Economic Opportunity Toolkit and share what you learned with others
- Donate clothing 7 toiletries to your local shelter
- Volunteer with your local Community Organization – stay engaged!
- Attend Town Hall Meetings and let your local government officials know how decisions impact your community
- Better yet – run for office in the next election. Put those thoughts into action!
- Stay Active in your church or other place of worship.
- Feed the hungry at your local soup kitchen. Be a kind face. That goes a long way.
- Offer your skill to someone for free. Help out others every now and then
Check Your Local New for MLK Events
It’s really important to go to these events. It can impact you in profound ways, plus it’s a great way to introduce your children to MLK and the way the world was, and the problems that still exists. It’s also a celebration of life and brotherly-sisterly love. It’s a day for everyone to come together so that we can say NEVER AGAIN and that we will always have each other’s backs. 🙂
So I want to know what your plans are for MLK Day… Are you going to spend the day sprinkling Random Acts of Kindness around like confetti? Leave me a comment and let me know your plans, and what you think about the Day On Movement.