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Celebrating the King Holiday and Legacy of Service

For many people, the third Monday in January is a day off. In 2008, GFWC is encouraging clubs and members to make January 21 as a day on, and to spend the day engaged in volunteer work and awareness campaigns celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1994, the U.S. Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action.

The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.

Service projects can be organized to highlight the issues that Dr. King devoted his life to serving. Consider the following ideas:

As of 2006, more than 730 American cities had named a street after Martin Luther King, Jr. King's home state of Georgia has the most, with 105 streets. Only 11 states in the country do not have a street named after King. If your community has a street named after Dr. King, consider organizing a street cleanup effort on January 21. Encourage other organizations in your community to sponsor a block or two of the street. If your city or state does not have a road dedicated to Dr. King, contact your county or state department of transportation to find out how to begin the process of designating one.





No matter how you choose to commemorate the King Holiday, remember to report your activities to GFWC.


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