Today, January 21st, we celebrate the 18th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. This day acts as a call to service for Americans throughout the country to volunteer in the community and to learn more about voluntarism and charitable work.
On this day, we also celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a reverend and vital figure of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. His dialogues and lectures of love and peace, along with his captivating leadership, inspired and continue to inspire men and women around the world. He preached about empowerment, justice, and harmony. But on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, tragedy struck, ending his influential life all too abruptly.
This time last year over 100,000 volunteers throughout the country attended the 1,500 projects. This large number of people proved that something amazing can be done in order to make the U.S a more peaceful and serene nation, where good deeds lead to positive results. This year, the organizers are expecting a greater number. If you want to make a difference this year, help those in need and support the cause; make sure you sign up to become a volunteer!
Did you know?
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the following sites in Philadelphia will be 100% free (no charge for admission) all day today:
- The Art Museum
- National Liberty Museum
- The Constitution Center
- African American Museum
- National Museum of American Jewish History
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Kimmel Center
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.