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Four Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Lance Trebesch January 20, 2014

Volunteering and Reflecting Are Ways to Thoughtfully Commemorate the Civil Rights Leader

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day that many people use as a day to rest from work and do nothing. We’ve all done it, so there’s no persecution happening with this article. But what if you wanted to celebrate it a bit differently? Perhaps you wanted to truly commemorate King’s philosophy and spirit the way it was meant to be commemorated? Then you’re in luck; this article will help you get closer to achieving your goal with the four methods you can implement in your MLK Day.

1. Serve your community: King was a man of the people and loved serving others. You can honor his commitment to community by offering your talents to a local project or volunteer opportunities. If you don’t know where the volunteer projects are occurring in your neck of the woods, you can go to mlkday.gov, type in your zip code, city, or state, and see what’s available in your area.

2.  Learn about King’s life: A very simple way to spend your holiday wisely is to learn more about the man behind it. Either take a trip to your local library, museum, or even a quick surf on the internet to learn more about King’s life, what he fought for, and his legacy. Perhaps you might even get inspired to instill some of his teachings into your daily life.

3. Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement: Along with learning more about King himself, it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time learning about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Again, your local library, museum, or computer is a great way to learn more about the past. Also, if you happen to be in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the epicenters of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, a trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will show you first-hand relics from the period, including actual Ku Klux Klan outfits, one of the buses used as part of the movement, and posters and other advertisements that exhibited the types of racism African-Americans were fighting against.

4. Participate in a DoSomething.org campaign: If you love doing outreach, participating in one of the national campaigns by DoSomething.org is a perfect way to give back to those in need and live out part of King’s dream. According to its site, DoSomething.org is America’s largest non-profit for young people and social change, currently boasting 2,439,780 members. The non-profit has tons of initiatives to choose from – just pick your passion!

How will you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?