January 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This day celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. This national holiday has evolved into a day that not only remembers Dr. King’s legacy but to do as he did and serve in our communities. Dr. King recognized the power of service and we now celebrate the MLK Day of Service. He said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” By observing this holiday through service we make a commitment to make our community a better place.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an activist and minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. He sought equal rights for African Americans through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech where he shared his vision that “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” This march helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. (Adapted from History.com)
Martin Luther King was an inspirational man who so eloquently inspired us all to be better. Here are some of his famous quotes:
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Today on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we encourage you to think about what you can do to serve those in your community. Make this “a day on, not a day off.” This is the only national holiday that is designated as a national day of service and we hope that you will be inspired like we are to get out do something good today. Unite in service and make a difference!
If you are interested in volunteering with hospice, we are always looking for individuals to help ease the burdens of our patients and families. If you have time to pick up medications, visit lonely patients, deliver flowers to patients, or help do light house or yard work, then we encourage you to consider volunteering with Heart ‘n Home. Visit our website to learn more.