In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and presents an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
Practices and Program Examples
- Planning an MLK Day of Service
- Offering educational activities for children on the MLK Day of Service
- Using a centralized system to plan regional day of service projects
Online Library Items
- 80 Ways to Activate Self-Organizing Kit
- To Dream Again: The Continuing Challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr.