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:
“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.
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.
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:
Lift up the Drum Majors in your community with a special President's Volunteer Service Award – the Drum Major for Service.
Make your MLK Day service plans a family affair! Engage your children in volunteering with these ideas from generationOn.
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