U.S. Celebrates 25th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 17, 2011
Students Recite MLK Jr.'s \I Have A Dream Speech\ at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC

January 17, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Federal Holiday. In honor of Dr. King, Americans across the country will participate in volunteer projects, and we will share with you how U.S. embassies and consulates around the world commemorate this day.

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. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the King Holiday, and to encourage ongoing service throughout the year, the Corporation for National and Community Service is launching the MLK 25 Challenge -- a call to all Americans to honor Dr. King by pledging to take at least 25 actions during 2011 to make a difference for others and strengthen our communities. You can learn more about the MLK 25 Challenge and find out how you can become involved in your community on mlkday.gov and through President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.



Susan C.
Florida, USA
January 18, 2011

Susan C. in Florida writes:

I saw the children recite the "I Have a Dream.." speech. They were absolutely amazing. They remembered every word, and even though you could hardly see them over the podium, they spoke out loudly and clearly. They touched my heart. After all that has happened in the past week and a half, they gave me hope again. As the President said, we must be better for all of them...for all of the children who still believe we are a great country. For all of them who still believe in us, we must set an example of moderation and kindness. If we do not do this, I do believe we will be lost as a people and as a country.

Massachusetts, USA
May 2, 2011

A. in Massachusetts writes:

MLK 25 challenge...to make a difference for others and strengthen our communities is a good motivator, mine focuses on greener lifestyles and working with the local community in Boston to help the street children.


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