On or about January 20th of each year, millions of Americans will honor, pay respect and celebrate the life of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Declared a national day of service, by Congress in 1994, MLK Day, as it is commonly referred, is a day to celebrate the life of one of the most celebrated figures in history. As a tradition for Martin Luther King Day, many Americans will mark the celebration with a time of service and a giving back to community while strengthening one’s own personal commitments and perseverance.
In accordance with the Congress establishment of the King Holiday and Service Act, January will become a month in which many non-for-profit organizations will establish and begin to provide a commitment and service to the demographics and communities they serve. On MLK Day, many individuals will honor Dr. King through the various organizations and charities commonly promoted by Dr. King; educating the underprivileged, serving in food banks and homeless shelters and promoting organizations designed to serve and promote artistic expression.
On Martin Luther King Day, this year, consider marking the day with a commitment to not only serve a local organization but to continue serving throughout the year. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, a service and commitment goal should include not only a commitment of time but of passion to assist those who are less privileged. On this holiday, teaching the less fortunate to find the strength within and to move forward with the life intended for them is the clear message expressed through the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the commitment of individuals to instill perseverance, many of the underprivileged will recognized this day as the day intended by Martin Luther King Jr. From these lessons and expressions of compassion and support, these same individuals will pay forward their own teachings to the underprivileged, therefore improving the welfare for many in the community.
Martin Luther King Jr., while a committed activist, was an individual who promoted peace and unity beginning with each person, individually. Coupled with a sense of empowerment, Martin Luther King Jr. believed all individuals, without regard to age, race or gender, have the power to achieve any goal when perseverance is coupled with the support and strength of community.
So, this MLK Day, in January, remembers to make a commitment to find not only your personal strengths but also to apply your emotional, physical and spiritual support to a local non-for-profit organization. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., this holiday should mark the beginning of a New Year commitment.