I was shocked when I had to explain to someone that Monday January 18, 2010 is a holiday and which holiday it is. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January every year. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the one of the most influential figures in Civil Rights history. Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known for his peaceful demonstrations in promoting civil rights for all people.
Non essential government departments, schools, colleges and many corporations are closed. Americans are encouraged to mark the day volunteering their time. So instead of making it another day off work, make it a day to work against racism and inequality.
Every year since 1989 the City of Arlington’s “Celebrating the Dream” celebration has brought the entire community together for dinner, community awards and scholarship presentations.
According to the city’s website www.arlingtontx.gov Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 will marks its first MLK Day of Service from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers across the city will join together to make a difference in their neighborhood. Call 817-277-2634 for a list of service projects in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. King taught us that through service, we can address issues such as education, poverty and injustice. His teachings of bringing people together to build our community through non violence are just as relevant today as it was in the 1960’s, as our nations continues to fight the same issues of discrimination, poverty and racism.
So make your day off a day on! Join with Americans across the nation volunteering their time to promote Dr. King’s dream of equality and social justice. Honor his life work by strengthening and empowering your community.