While we have made enormous strides as a nation, we still remain deeply divided. And today, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I feel we could all look to his life as an example of how to create a more peaceful and just country, and world, for us all. I encourage you all to follow the example of this great American, and seek ways to unite instead of divide, show empathy for others, and lead with love, not hate. Not just today, but every day.
To honor the legacy of a leader who fought selflessly for equality and justice, here are just a few ways you can use this day to make a difference.
WRITE or CALL your elected officials:
Change starts with just one person using their voice. And one of the best ways to use your voice is to reach out to your city council, mayor, state representatives, or congressperson. Spend part of today bringing attention to an important cause, whether it be racial inequality, discrimination, or fighting homelessness. CLICK HERE to locate your officials and find their contact information.
Volunteer or Donate to worthy organizations:
There are many organizations you can contribute to that are committed to continuing the work that Dr. King championed during his lifetime. THE KING CENTER was founded in 1968 by Coretta Scott King and continues to advocate for social change and offer free programs aimed at creating a peaceful and non-violent world. You can also volunteer with AMERI-CORPS MLK Day Of Service. Their website enables you to search for local and national opportunities to serve (including virtual options) and commit to a day or just a few minutes helping others in need.
LEARN ABOUT MLK’s work and legacy:
Check out videos and articles documenting King’s life and legacy HERE. You can also watch the documentary KING IN THE WILDERNESS to learn about the final years of the leader’s life, or I AM MLK JR for a detailed look at this work in the Civil Rights Movement.