Friday, January 06, 2012

Make it a day/life of service.

I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD.

I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find local service projects for the King Holiday:

* Visit to find a service project in your area. Perhaps you'll prepare a vacant lot for a community garden or provide basic home repairs for a family or neighbor in need.

* Peruse the archives of So what can I do. Maybe you'll decide to donate blood (January is National Blood Donor Month) or sort products at a food bank or medical reclamation facility.

Most importantly don't let it be a just single day of service. Make a lasting commitment to make a read difference in our world. Happy birthday, Dr. King.

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8


Karama said...

If you're in Central Arkansas, check out these King Day service opportunities:

* Join the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission at UCA to provide/receive food, health screenings, job counseling, and hygiene kits.

* Mosaic Templars Cultural Center MLK Challenge for Youth.

* Donate a coat to One Warm Coat through Burlington Coat Factory.

Or choose another opportunity from this blog.

Karama said...

A few other AR events to consider:

* Little Rock Central High National Historic Site - Characters of Change at 2:30 on Monday. The animated movie, "Our Friend Martin: A Magical Movie Adventure at 3pm. Ayoka and I have seen the movie. It's good!

* Stop the Violence Youth Revival at 6pm Monday at Pilgrim Valley Baptist Church 1821 Wolfe in LR.

* King Fest Celebration from 7-9pm Friday at at New Community Baptist Church 321 N. Birch in Pine Bluff.

* King Parade Monday at 10am starting at Christ Way United Methodist Church, 3400 Stadium Blvd in Jonesboro.

* SAU March and Ceremony Monday at 5pm at 2402 N. Vine in Magnolia.

* HSU hosts comedian Preacher Moss and his "End of Racism" tour at 6pm
at Arkansas Hall Auditorium.

* Civil Rights exhibit at ASU Mountain Home.

* Several events at UA (Fayetteville). Learn more at .

* Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and others host a service project at the city hospital 221 S. School Ave.

* Memorial Service at St. James Baptist Church 764 W. North Street in Fayetteville.

Karama said...

Oh and all National Parks will be open and free of charge on Monday in honor of Dr. King's service. Enjoy!

(Thanks for the reminder, Jonette!)