Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived his life serving others. Following his example, millions of Americans serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 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.

On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, 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:

Become a Drum Major

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness.”
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Excerpt from the "Drum Major Instinct"
February 4, 1968

Points of Light is a drum major for uniting communities through service. We believe that volunteers help to solve some of the toughest social problems facing communities around the country.

This year we’ve asked community volunteers, public intellectuals, celebrities and many others to lend their voices to MLK Day. These drum majors are creating change for the causes they are most passionate about. Tell us what YOU will be a Drum Major for, using #IAmADrumMajor.

Zain Asher

Zain Asher
CNN Anchor

#IamADrumMajor for
Girls Education in West Africa

Kid President

Brad Montague and Robby Novak
Kid President

#IamADrumMajor for
Joy

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Malcolm Mitchell
New England Patriots Wide Receiver and Author of “The Magician’s Hat”

#IamADrumMajor for
Literacy

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Jasiri X
Social Impact Rapper

#IamADrumMajor for
Social Justice

Jessica O. Matthews

Jessica O. Matthews
Activist and Inventor

#IamADrumMajor for
Democratizing Energy Access Worldwide

Stephanie Benfield

Stephanie Benfield
Chief Resiliency Officer for the City of Atlanta

#IamADrumMajor for
Equity and Resilience

Host An America's 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, America's Sunday Suppers call people to engage in dialogue about issues affecting their communities. Pledge to host a Sunday Supper and, using our supper guide, bring friends and neighbors together to share a meal and conversation.

Supper Conversation Guide



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:

By Location

Points of Light has a network of 250 volunteer action centers across the country and around the world. Here are the three centers closest to you:

By Area of Interest

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Salute and Honor a Volunteer

Lift up the Drum Majors in your community with a special President's Volunteer Service Award – the Drum Major for Service.

Serve as a Family

Make your MLK Day service plans a family affair! Engage your children in volunteering with these ideas from generationOn.

For Volunteer Organizers

Get graphics, sample messages, social media posts and more resources to help promote 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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