Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Next Monday we will be celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of course most of us know who Dr. King was and why we celebrate, but did you know that MLK Day is also a National Day of Service?

In 1983, after a long legislative process, it was declared that the third Monday in January would be a federal holiday celebrating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This bill was first introduced to the House of Representatives in 1979, and although the holiday was officially created in 1983, it wasn’t even celebrated until 1986. Eventually everyone came around to the idea and in 1994, MLK day was designated a National Day of Service, the only federal holiday to be observed as such. The idea was to make the holiday a “day on, not a day off.” It’s a chance to come together from all walks of life and serve our communities. It is a fitting way to honor a man who spent his life fighting to bring people together.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

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One of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most remembered quotes says, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is; ‘What are you doing for others?’” Often we are so busy that we forget to look around and help those in need. Let’s make this day off into a day filled with helping the needy and bringing people together.

There are lots of ways to get involved in your neighborhood. Get a group of friends and family together and volunteer for your favorite charity. Provide the most invaluable resource you have, your time. Find a way to serve at the Corporation for National & Community Service website

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There are other events happening downtown that you can get involved in and enjoy as well. Oklahoma City will also be holding their parade, which will begin at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and move downtown on Broadway. There is also a Prayer Breakfast at Reed Conference Center near Rose State College as well as The Silent March that begins at the Freedom Center. At 11a.m. they ring Oklahoma’s replica of the Liberty Bell. MLK

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