On MLK Day, Brooklyn Residents are Encouraged to do Community Service to Advance Economic Opportunities and Economic and Social JusticeMLK Day is commemorated in many ways.
But beyond the sermons, seminars and speeches, perhaps the most important way to mark the day is to do community service.
MLK Day, a national website, encourages citizens volunteers across the country to honor "Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by increasing economic opportunities through service and volunteer activities throughout local communities. on this national day of service, committing time and effort to advance local opportunities.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday started in 1985; Dr. King died in 1968.
Citizens are encouraged to engage in such activities as "delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, signing up mentors, reading to children, and promoting nonviolence," according to a press release issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which leads the annual MLK Day of Service, in conjunction with the Atlanta-based King Center and nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, and schools and businesses nationwide.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service each year through its core programs, Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
In 2013, you can join in the MLK Serve-a-thon with NYC Coalition Against Hunger in various locations: Bed Stuy, Coney Island, Brownsville and other neighborhoods. Or, contact Occupy Sandy to assist in Hurricane Sandy stricken neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Official website: nationalservice.gov