“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the day we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and give honor to Dr. King and his legacy.  The Corporation for National Community Service asks that you make it a day on and not a day off.

What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Why is it a “Day of Service?”

Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” (Corporation for National and Community Service website).

For more information on how you and your friends and family can make today a day of giving back to the community – or a day that you make a commitment to giving back all year – visit the Corporation for National Community Service website: https://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/mlk-day-service.