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Written by: Michael Bolton on Monday, January 20, 2014 Posted in:

Today we recognize the life and legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While many Americans have January 20th off to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a number of citizens and organizations treat the federal holiday as a “day on, not a day off”—a day to serve their neighbors and communities in honor of Dr. King.

MLK Day of Service

A federal holiday to honor Dr. King was observed for the first time in 1986, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the holiday became a national day of service. Now, and every year since, hundreds of thousands of volunteers spend the day honoring Dr. King’s legacy by improving their communities and helping others.

According to Dr. King, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?‘” What are you doing today to answer his question? Please share in the comments section below.