January 20, 2014 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.
What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 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. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
MLK Day of Service at Morris
This event was established as a university-community partnership in 2010 to celebrate the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For the past 4 years, members of our diverse community have gathered at various locations in Morris to participate in service projects, listen to guest speakers, eat together, and most importantly to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The program is supported by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, Student Activities, the Office of Engagement, and by local community partners.
This event continues to affirm an essential goal of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which is to make it day on! Not a day off. If you would like to participate in the planning of next year’s event, please register online.