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.