Millions of Americans came together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20, 2014, to honor the civil rights leader through volunteer service.
Dr. King said we must strive to build a “beloved community” characterized by the “type of spirit and the love that can transform opponents into friends.” He shared his dream that one day all people would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He called for social justice and opportunity. He asked that we bridge differences and join together.
Around 800 volunteers in Mitchellville, Md., and 130 in Baltimore participated in service projects with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, collecting cans of food, assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, writing greeting cards to soldiers and more.
They ended the day of volunteer service – which included a performance by a local high school choir – with Sunday Suppers. The suppers are gatherings that happen year-round across the country, inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people from diverse backgrounds interacting on personal levels – sharing a meal and discussing issues that affect their communities.
In Washington, D.C., public figures, veterans, students and families gathered at Dunbar High School – the country’s first public high school for black students – to transform Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of unity and community into hands-on volunteer service at the Points of Light Family and Community Fun Day.
“Today is a day of service and it’s important to give back,” said Nicole Isaac, a veteran who participated. “We’ve come so far, but there’s still so much more to do to help communities sustain themselves.”
Read about more 2014 service projects here, and see below for ways to participate in MLK Day 2015 below.
How you can get involved FOR MLK DAY 2015
- Volunteer at service projects organized by our HandsOn Network affiliates and partners.
- Join the movement and commit to host a Sunday Supper. (Sign up below.) 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 discuss issues that affect their communities, 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.
- Commit to hosting a Sunday Supper.
- Donate to support MLK Day service across the country.
past MLK Day Videos:
- Read about the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
- Read about the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.