MLK Day may be a day off for many of us, but it’s still an important holiday. Martin Luther King Jr’s activism changed the United States during the Civil Rights movement during the mid-1950s. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. It’s important that we celebrate his memory beyond taking the day off. Below are some meaningful ways to celebrate MLK Day.
Volunteer for an organization that gives back to the black community- Coretta Scott King, King’s late wife, advocated for MLK Day to be “a day on, not a day off.” Instead of using this day as a day of rest, consider taking steps to help support your local community.
Commit to recognizing how far we’ve come and how far we need to go- Take this day to appreciate how much work and strides MLK made. Reflect on the history of injustice in this country. Take some time to get educated on what’s going on now and how racism still exists in this country. We still have ways to go. Consider how you can commit to expanding on the movements of the past.
Donate to organizations working for social justice- There are so many organizations out there making an impact on social change and especially racial injustice. If you can’t donate your time, help out by donating to a local organization or one working on a national scale.
How are you celebrating MLK Day?