Make it a Day On...Not a Day Off!
During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. As he once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”
Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service honors that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. Instead of its being just another day off from school or work, the aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to strengthen their community, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned.