(written by Theresa Majeski)
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr Day is advertised as a “day on, not a day off” but what does that really mean? The MLK Day of Service is part of the President’s national call to service to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community”.
Liz, myself, and the other AmeriCorps members of AIDS United Team Chicago spent MLK Day, January 20th, 2013, volunteering in Highland Park, IL. The event brought together area organizations which offered activities for adults and children to participant in as a way to give back to the community. Some activities included making bags of toiletry items for homeless individuals, donating and sorting food donations for local pantries, making valentines for our soldiers overseas, and making dog toys and dog blankets. We also had the privilege of hearing Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White speak about what MLK Day means to him, about his experiences working side by side with MLK Jr. and other civil rights leaders, and the importance of giving back to your community. Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about 1st amendment rights by visiting the McCormick Foundation’s Freedom Express Museum. It was wonderful to be part of such a large and varied event offering participants many different ways to make a difference in their community to celebrate MLK’s legacy.
More information from the day’s events can be found here.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.