A day to celebrate with volunteerism

A sacrifice that Became a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of great vision and even greater sacrifice. Born on January 15, 1929, he was an American pastor with big dreams for societal equality.

He wanted to see African Americans gain the same rights as their white counterparts and with his death, that dream came to inevitable fruition.

And it was through nonviolence and the conjoining of communities, friends and families to fight for a just cause that made it happen.

And now the public celebrates his sacrifice and follows his example every January 20th by coming together to help their fellow citizen and make a better place for all.

People of all social backgrounds and levels will come together to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move closer to Dr. King’s vision of a cherished community.

Though it was a long struggle, legislation was finally signed in 1983 to create a federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday as a national holiday of service and volunteerism.

MLK day therefore, is a “day on, not a day off.”

Indiana is getting involved too. There will be a number of businesses and establishments having day specials for the holiday.

In White River State Park, a number of attractions will have free admission with the donation of one non-perishable item including the Indianapolis Zoo from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the Indiana State Museum from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IUPUI is also hosting a “Day of Service” volunteer opportunity for anyone and everyone to sign up and help around the community.

And these are only a fraction of the numerous opportunities for volunteerism and service on MLK day. A list can be found on the following link: http://www.indydt.com/mlk.cfm.