Millions of Americans will come together on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 21, 2013, in a day of service and dialogue to honor the memory of Dr. King.
Dr. King had a dream that one day all people would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as called for in the Declaration of Independence. Dr. King called for social justice and opportunity. He asked that we bridge differences and come together in unity.
With the election over and in the aftermath of another significant weather event, we believe we have a unique opportunity to unite Americans in volunteer service and to issue a call to action to do what we, as Americans, do best – lend a hand, help our neighbors, and build better communities.
Since Dr. King was killed, tremendous social progress has been made, but much remains unfinished. With the economic crisis lingering, more Americans believe people have the power to make positive change – in cities where struggling with poverty and high unemployment rates – in families where people are going hungry – and in some school districts where more than half of our children aren’t graduating from high school.
With many communities struggling to find financial and human service, volunteer service can be a powerful force. Neighbors helping neighbors, young helping old, employees offering skills and companies investing in communities where they do business. We dream of the day in which everyone is actively involved in making a better America.
This year, Points of Light, in partnership with Target and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will create new and meaningful ways to harness the passion of our nation’s citizens in honoring the memory and promoting the vision of Dr. King.
We invite you check this page often as more resources and tools will be added.
How you can get involved:
- Volunteer at service projects organized by our HandsOn Network affiliates and partners.
- Join Points of Light and Target in service at the national signature project in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 where we will impact the lives of 100,000 veterans and military families. Click here to register and for more information. Large groups welcome.
- Join the Movement and Commit to Host a Sunday Supper. Inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people of diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels, America’s Sunday Supper encourages people to share a meal and/or watch a documentary film to discuss issues that affect their communities in order to increase racial and cultural understanding. Points of Light provides toolkits, films, conversation starters and incentives to help individuals and groups organize Sunday Suppers and service projects.
- SnagFilms offers free online documentaries that you can show during your America's Sunday Supper. Click here to access the films.
- Donate to support MLK Day service across the country.
past MLK Day Videos:
- Read about the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service