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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: National Day of Service 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: National Day of Service, Monday, January 16, 2017.


Signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is a celebration of Dr. King’s immeasurable contribution to the United States, and to humankind. The holiday would not have been possible without the tireless leadership of the King Center’s founder and long-time president, Mrs. Coretta Scott King. We encourage you to read her inspiring words on the meaning of the King Holiday and learn about its history. Celebrated on the third Monday of January, the King Holiday is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service, “a day on, not a day off.” At The King Center in Atlanta, King Day is the culmination of a week-long celebration marked by youth programs, educational seminars, community dialogues, service projects and our annual Salute to Greatness Awards and Dinner and Commemorative Services. —The King Center, founded 1968

King Day of Service: The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 23, 1994. Since 1996, Wofford’s former state office director, Todd Bernstein, has been directing the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, the largest event in the nation honoring King. In honor of MLK, hundreds of Volunteer Centers, and volunteers across the country donate their time to make a difference on this day. The only other official national day of service in the USA, as designated by the government, is September 11 National Day of Service (9/11 Day).

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Americans, there is the danger that you will misuse your Capitalism. I still contend that money can be the root of all evil. It can cause one to live a life of gross materialism. I am afraid that many among you are more concerned about making a living than making a life.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we are to achieve a real equality, the U.S. will have to adopt a modified form of socialism.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic… [Capitalism] started out with a noble and high motive… but like most human systems it fell victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has out-lived its usefulness.” ―Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Letter to Coretta Scott, July 18, 1952)

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). #MLKDay is to honor the legacy of Dr. King and carry on his message “a day on, not a day off.”

Lisa Pacino and Under The Duvet Productions are based in New York. Photography services are available worldwide. If you wish to book photography services, receive information, and/or license images for commercial and/or promotional use please E-mail: UnderTheDuvetProductions@gmail.com

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Sources: The King Center, Wikipedia, MLK Day of Service

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