THREE DAY WEEKEND! You can thank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And not only for the weekend, but also for standing up for the marginalized, the silenced, the threatened; for stirring the concern and sparking the conscience of a generation; for peacefully making his mark, both in action but also words. Among the words Dr. King enlightened us with: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" So, at very least, for the three-day weekend: what will do you for others?
Since 1994 when Congress began recognizing the day, the third Monday in January is the only nationally recognized Day of Service. It is not a day off, but rather a day on. You best believe we're all over this one! You with us, and Dr. King?
3 Easy Actions for the 3-Day Weekend:
+ On Saturday, wake up with this Saturday morning cartoon recapping MLK, Jr's civil rights efforts. While it was made for the average kindergartner, trust--you'll learn a fact or two.
+ Then, spread Dr. King's message on Sunday. We've gathered a few quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., among others, that have us all screaming, "Preach!" Conveniently, they're all 140 characters or less. Tweet away!
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
The time is always right to do what is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. -Robert F. Kennedy
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. -Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
If everyone howled at every injustice, then we would be taking the first step towards a real humanity. -Nelson DeMille
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -William James
If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito. ~Betty Reese
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ~Mother Teresa
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
+ Monday is the big day: Service Day! You can find a service project in your community at the end of this post. BUT--you can do something in your own backyard! Or your neighbor's rather. Maybe your elderly neighbor could use some help with their yard work? Regardless of what you do, every action counts. Watch why some people are deciding to give back in the video below:
Start planning your day of service now, and find a service project by taking action below!
Serve on MLK Day
Find an MLK Day service project in your area.