|Stick With Love: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be. By making service part of our daily lives, we can help realize Dr. King’s dream.
Together, we can create and sustain opportunities for Americans to strengthen their own and other’s economic opportunity, ensure that more young people graduate from high school, support our military families and veterans, combat the opioid crisis, and help communities prepare for and recover from disasters. Together, we demonstrate what it means to be citizens.
What is the MLK Day of Service? After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 to mark the birthday of Dr. King as a federal holiday. Americans first observed the holiday in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) with leading this effort. Taking place each third Monday in January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a “day on, not a day off.” This day of service helps to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, address social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”