Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 21, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life serving others. Following his example, millions of Americans serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. At our children's schools, at a local shelter, or lending a hand to help our neighbors – we join Dr. King as drum majors for justice, peace and righteousness.

Points of Light’s legacy is rooted in our founder, President George H. W. Bush’s, belief that “any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” In 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission Extension Act accompanied by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. King. On MLK Day, Points of Light calls together its community of changemakers to reflect on gains won during the Civil Rights Movement and to address contemporary issues facing our nation through act of volunteer service.

Here are several ways you can get involved on #MLKDay:

Volunteer in Your Community

On MLK Day, millions of Americans will honor Dr. King's legacy by coming together for a national day of service and dialogue. Make it a day on, not a day off. Find MLK Day volunteering opportunities in your community.


You can also create your own project using one of our project guides. Don’t forget to register them on All for Good to connect with other volunteers in your community.

Passion Into Action Toolkit

Turn your passion – the urge that makes you want to DO something – into action that will change your community.

View this Toolkit

Economic Opportunity Toolkit

Help your neighbors, friends and family members understand their credit with an economic opportunity service project.

View this Toolkit


Host a Sunday Supper

Inspired by Dr. King's vision that people of diverse backgrounds would come together to discuss injustices of the day and create a plan for action, Sunday Suppers call people to engage in dialogue about issues affecting their communities. Pledge to host a Sunday Supper and receive our exclusive facilitator guide, full of tips and recommendations for how to bring friends and neighbors together to share a meal and conversation.



Spread the Word

Get graphics, sample messages, social media posts and more resources, from the Corporation for National and Community Service, to help promote and share your MLK Day events.

“To see to it that the third Monday of every January becomes a day of hope, renewal and rededication to the ideals of Dr. King, those that he upholds, a day dedicated to the memory, if you will, of a man who campaigned for peaceful change, of a man who stood for human dignity and certainly the fulfilment of individual excellence, of a man determined, committed mind and heart to march, to live and to die for those ideals – America’s ideals.”
President George H.W. Bush
Excerpt from remarks upon signing the
MLK Federal Holiday Commission Extension Act

May 17, 1989

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