Dr. King’s Message is Still Relevant for All

Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1999, I have had the privilege of being involved with the organizing and planning for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Over the years, I have often received questions from MLK Day organizers about engaging more people of different racial or ethnic groups—whites, African Americans, and Latinos. The question varies:

How do we engage groups that don’t feel the day has relevance for them? How do we engage groups who fear that participating in MLK …read more

Everyone is a Changemaker

This morning when I opened my inbox a subject line caught my attention: “Are you waiting for permission?” The email was a newsletter from Ashoka featuring a blog by Laxmi Parthasarathy about overcoming intimidation to become changemakers. The opening line struck me:

“From the moment we are born, society has already defined us. We are pushed into thinking small throughout our entire lives—by others, our environment, and the existing systems within our society, but most powerfully of all we unconsciously limit ourselves.”

Ashoka works from the belief that everyone is a changemaker but the truth is not all of …read more

This MLK Day, Let’s Make Service a Habit

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 21st become another non-descript Monday for reveling in how lucky you are to have the day away from a glowing computer screen.

In 1994, Congress designated the …read more