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Remembering the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Through the MLK Day of Service

January 16, 2019
Remembering the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans recognize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. MLK Day of Service is viewed as "a day on, not a day off" and is intended to empower individuals and strengthen communities, in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his efforts with the Civil Rights Movement in America. Read on to find out more about the MLK Day of Service and the history behind the man it is named after.


In 1983, federal legislation officially recognized the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and placed the Corporation for National and Community Service in charge of leading the effort.

Many organizations and individuals take MLK Day to volunteer to create a "Beloved Community." Consider spending the day helping out within your community or volunteering with friends, family, neighbors, or colleagues! For help in finding volunteer opportunities near you, visit the Corporation for National and Community Service's Search Tool.

For more information about MLK Day of Service, please click here.

And if you're looking to get out of town for the long weekend and some quality time with loved ones, be sure and check out our blog post on the top ski destinations in the US for MLK Weekend.