CountDown to MLK Day of Service

As we all know, January 18th is not Dr. Martin Luther King’s actual birthday but it serves as the MLK Day of Service in all our communities. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986. Initially, some states resisted observing the holiday as MLK Day, giving it other names or combining it with other holidays (ie: Utah called it “Human Rights Day” until the year 2000 and in Virginia, it was known as Lee-Jackson-King Day). This day was not officially observed in all 50 states until 2000.

On a personal note, I believe we should strive not only to teach our children about Dr. King and his legacy but also about individuals who did just as much or more for our culture and impacted the world the way Dr. King did. The public school system does an good job of teaching the children about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King but fails to mention many other black leaders who left their footprints in the concrete of our history such as Thurgood Marshall, Phillis Wheatley, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Fannie Lou Hamer, Marcus Garvey, etc…

Now on this upcoming MLK Day take time to teach the babies about more of our leaders. Also dedicate a few hours to providing services for some place or some one in your community in some way and make it a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. Help our kids become selfless and gain an understanding of just how their hands alone can impact the world! Please feel free to click the link image to be re-directed to the MLKDay website to find out how to start your own project or enter your zip code to find out info about events you can take part in in your city on January 18, 2010. Happy helping! 🙂

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