MLK Service Day Case Study
On November 2, 1983, former President Ronald Reagan signed into law House of Representatives Bill Number 3706 declaring January 15, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a national holiday.
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.
More than 400 children and families, volunteered at the Stanton Memorial Baptist Church on January 16, 2010 in honor of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
What We Found Most Rewarding?
- Gathering clothes and food for the hungry, homeless and Haitian Relief.
- Poetry reading to children and the elderly.
- MLK poster contest.
- Dance and Music Presentations.
What Were The Most Positive Aspects Of The Project?
Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Service is integral to meeting national challenges such as poverty, economic insecurity, illiteracy, hunger, environmental degradation, and more.
People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities participated and extended their talents on King Day, to make the day the beginning of an ongoing commitment to a cause that is meaningful to them and serves a need in our community.
It was a pleasure meeting families, friends and especially giving back to our community. Thanks to the many volunteers who participated. I thought the children were spectacular!