Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013: A Day to Serve, A Day to Honor A King

by Rochelle Burnley, Friends of Ebonie Staff

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He had a dream. A dream that would one day change the world and shape lives. A dream to have everyone united no matter the color of their skin, the amount of money in their wallets, or the religion they choose to practice. The great point remains that although he is no longer here to witness it, we are able to benefit immensely from the dream of a courageous man from Atlanta; who was at his wits end with inequality and took service into his own hands.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is such an unparalleled example of what it truly means to have a pure heart and a clear vision. He didn’t let our differences shape his opinion of what unity should look like. Through perseverance and steadfast faith, he knew that his dream would come to pass if only he became the example of what he hoped the world would one day look like. He dedicated his time and relentless energy into serving not only local communities, but states across the nation with the intent to create social change and promote racial equality.

On Monday, January 21st, 2013 we will have the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream by volunteering in our local communities as a part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This weekend in the nation’s capital where Dr. King delivered his infamous I Have a Dream speech, organizations are hosting volunteer opportunities such as: Capital Cause & National Urban League’s Yes We Can: End Illiteracy Service Event and IMPACT DC’s MLK National Day of Service Event. These are just two of many, many more events being held. You can participate in this national celebration of Dr. King’s life and mission by finding volunteer opportunities in your local area by visiting: http://mlkday.gov/.

Join us all in a day of community and humanitarian deeds and let’s continue to make Dr. King’s  dream come true!

 “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

**Check out a recap of Dr. King’s Legacy**

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