His "I Have A Dream" speech emphasized his desire for a future
where all people would coexist harmoniously as equals. Delivered on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 civil rights supporters, the speech is
often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in
On this King Holiday, millions of Americans are expected to honor Dr. King
and answer President-elect Obama’s call to service by volunteering. More than
12,100 service projects are taking place across the United States, more than
twice the amount the previous year. Americans will make it “a day on, not a day
off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up
mentors and more.
Thanks to President-elect Obama’s call to service, this will be the largest King Day of Service ever. In 1994, Congress charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with transforming the King Holiday into a national day of service. This year, President-elect Obama is asking all Americans to serve on King Day and make an ongoing commitment throughout the year.
We urge you to take some time and help others on this day – especially if you are lucky enough to have the day off of work. Click here to learn more and find local activities in your area.