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Published on January 15th, 2011 | by thevyne

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A Day “On” Not a Day “Off”

Monday January 17, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I can still remember, from my younger years, how my parents insisted on keeping my brother and I home from school and sitting us in front of the TV to watch the all-day “Eyes on the Prize” documentary series which chronicled all major happenings leading up to and during the civil rights movement. It also included a great deal of footage and information about the late, great Dr. King. I didn’t realize it then, but my parents did a remarkable thing helping my brother and I appreciate a past of struggle that paved the way for our future.

You may or may not know that not only is Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday, but it’s also a national day of service. Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994, which encouraged all citizens to volunteer on that day.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) leads the annual national MLK Day of Service as a part of the federal agency’s broader mission to engage Americans of all ages in service to meet critical local and national needs. From education and economic opportunity to environmental stewardship and support for veteran and military families, national service is solving problems and transforming those who serve. (Excerpt taken from Press Release Jan 2011).

So that’s what we’ve decided to do with our holiday…spend a day “on” not a day “off” volunteering where help is needed. If you would like to do the same, simply type your location into the widget at this link to find a service project near you!


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