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MLK Day logoMLK Day of Service is a day dedicated to giving back to our communities. The 2016 National Day of Service will take place on January 18.

This federal holiday is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community!


Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community. The MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

Learn more and get resources to help you plan and promote a project, register your project, or find service opportunities at www.MLKDay.gov


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.

Help your students understand Dr. King’s vision with these free, easy-to-use resources created by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Scholastic. Visit scholastic.com/mlkday to find:

  • lesson plans and worksheets for grades 3-12,
  • service projects for all ages, and
  • primary-source resources about Dr. King.

Businesses and Organizations

Businesses and nonprofits are key to the success of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Businesses see MLK Day as an important way to give back to the community, connect with customers, increase employee morale, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility.

For nonprofits, participating in MLK Day is an opportunity to bring in new volunteers, partners, and funders that can provide resources to support your organization’s work throughout the year.

Businesses or nonprofit organizations can support MLK Day of Service in a variety of ways: organize a volunteer project, give employees time to serve, provide financial or in kind support such as product donations, and raise awareness about the day and the opportunities to serve.

For more information on corporate sponsorship or collaboration opportunities in support of MLK Day of Service, please contact Rhonda Taylor at rtaylor@cns.gov or (202) 606-6721.

“Lifes most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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