Celebrating MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was not a man of few words. “The time is always right to do what is right,” is one of his many important quotes, and advice we should especially take to heart on January 15th, his birthday, which is nationally celebrated as MLK Day.

In the U.S., we use the third Monday of every January to honor Dr. King by celebrating his idea of freedom and justice for all. On this day, people not just in the U.S., but around the world, reflect on interracial and intercultural cooperation to bring about an end to conflict.

Dr. King often asked, “What are you doing for others?” Take a moment to think about this, and no matter how big or small the effort, know that spending even just a few minutes of your day to help someone out can have a positive effect. Whether you and your loved ones volunteer at a soup kitchen or bring a struggling family in your neighborhood a meal, you’re making a difference.

For ideas on how you can be of service in your community, click here. There, you’ll find plenty of great ideas, from organizing a food or blood drive to removing graffiti or creating a shared community green space.

In Los Angeles, we’re also given the opportunity to be able to witness and participate in the Kingdom Day Parade, which takes place along MLK Jr. Blvd., between Western Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. This year marks King’s 89th birthday and applies the theme “When they go low, we go high.”

Museums and volunteer organizations throughout the city will also be offering fun-filled events to educate families on how they can help continue making Dr. King’s dream a reality.

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