Many seniors are old enough to remember one of the most influential and important figures in America. Going back to the time when our nation was still practicing segregation of the races, one man dared to rail against the establishment. That man was Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. is a name that is synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King served as the face of equal rights and, using his voice, he spoke directly to the hearts of millions. He successfully captured the attention of citizens with his charisma and passion, inspiring people of all ages and colors to stand up for what they believed in.
Who was Dr. King?
Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry at the young age of 19. His father was a preacher, inspiring MLK to follow in his footsteps. Dr. King was officially ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Later in 1954, Dr. King accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time, Dr. King made a name for himself and established a huge following. For example, Dr. King played a large role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which started after Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat and move to the back of the bus.
Sadly, Dr. King was fatally shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The beloved Dr. King passed away on April 4, 1968, leaving a nation behind to mourn the loss of a hero.
You can learn about Dr. King’s life and legacy in great detail by visiting The King Center website.
MLK Day of Service
Martin Luther King Day was officially declared a federal holiday in 1983. The holiday marks the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, MLK Day was designated as a national day of service thanks to Congress. In fact, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday that is observed as a “national day of service.” The Corporation for National and Community Service has long been in charge of organizing and promoting the MLK Day of Service activities.
Each year, MLK Day and the MLK Day of Service are celebrated on the third Monday in January. It is a time for all Americans to work together as one, providing services, solutions and compassion for your fellow man. It’s this kind of selfless giving that Dr. King hoped to one day see in America. As we continue to honor his work, we keep getting closer to Dr. King’s dream of a “Beloved Community.”
What Can Seniors Do on MLK Day?
Thousands of seniors find themselves wondering how they can participate in the MLK Day of Service. Luckily, you can use the Internet to track down local activities or find projects to join. Interested seniors can log onto the Find a Project page. By entering your zip code, you’ll automatically get a list of volunteer opportunities right there in your own community.
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