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'A Day On, Not A Day Off' Celebrating MLK Day Through Service

Can we take this opportunity to reflect on our progress with civil rights in this country and consider how far we have to go. What can YOU do to help with peaceful progress?

We commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his vision, for his inspiring words, and for his actions that followed. His vision filled a great void in our nation and answered our longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. It is clear today that our work is not done...we are not all the way there.

So instead of taking MLK Day as a "day off"...which if you are an adult with any responsibility at all, it is never a day off...let's celebrate the day by taking the "day on" and serve. We can start by working together to empower individuals, strengthen our communities, bridge barriers (you are a bridge!), and help create solutions to social problems. And why not take it a step about committing to continual service? Like quarterly...monthly...or even weekly.

Ways you can serve

Virtual / At Home

  • Creating cards for patients recovering from COVID-19.

  • Letter writing to seniors in nursing homes.

  • Knitting blankets for the homeless.

  • Virtual read-alouds for students.

  • Filling a virtual shopping cart for a family in need.

Socially Distant / In-Person

  • Contact-less food or warm coat donations to a non-profit.

  • Outdoor donation bundling for a family to take home.

  • Neighborhood clean-up or "snow angel" shoveling.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


How about some cute, kid-friendly resources?

The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President

Who is Martin Luther King Jr.? read-aloud

Martin Luther King Jr. coloring pages

Martin Luther King Jr. crafts

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