Were it not for the countless contributions and sacrifices of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I would not be where I am today. It is because of the sacrifices made by Dr. King and countless other civil rights leaders that I am able to pursue my dreams in an effort to create a powerful legacy for my children.
In honor of Dr. King, and all he did to fight for our civil rights, I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to his legacy. A husband and father of four, Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting for what he believed was right and to service. That’s why I believe one of the best ways to honor his legacy is by serving others.
Today is the national holiday that marks the observance of Dr. King’s birthday, and it is also the MLK Day of Service. Not only should we take this day as an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s powerful legacy, but we should also view it as chance to reflect on how far we, as a people and a nation, have come and how much farther we need to go.
Here are a number of sites that can help you discover great opportunities for you and your family to serve. Dr. King once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” I couldn’t agree more. Let’s all remember what Dr. King stood for and take a moment to do what is right.
United We Serve – A great site that makes it very easy to locate service opportunities simply by inputting your location and your interests. The site also offers toolkits to help you create your own service projects.
We Give Books – This program partners with a number of organizations and provides children across the world with an opportunity to read countless books – an opportunity they otherwise would not have. Considering how much Dr. King valued an education, I know helping kids fall in love with reading is something that would make him proud.
NAACP – Becoming a member of the NAACP is a great way to remain connected to social justice issues, in your community and nationwide, which may need your support. Joining allows you to serve your community on an ongoing basis.
Common Cents – Common Cents is a great organization because they focus on developing and implementing service projects for young people, and the organization was actually co-founded by a 4-year-old.
Global Giving – If you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to a service project at this point in your life consider Global Giving, a charity fundraising site that give you a chance to support non-profits and social entrepreneurs from across the world.
Volunteer Match – Another great site to help you match your interests and passions with causes that need your help in your area.