News Making MLK Day a “day on”

Monday, January 18 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader’s life.

While many have the day off on Monday from work, school or other obligations, the Providers’ Council encourages you to make Monday a “day on” and participate in the MLK Day of Service.

This year, as we increase our commitment for racial justice and equity, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many will be looking to engage in a day of service and remember Dr. King’s life in a safe and socially distanced way. Two of the many events we encourage you to learn more about and attend are those being hosted by Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services and King Boston.

Martin Luther King. Jr. Family Services is a presenting sponsor of a free, virtual online event on Monday, January 18 at 11 a.m. — the Springfield Citywide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. The event is free to attend, and you can visit Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services‘ website for more information. The livestream will be available at communitymusicschool.com/event/mlk.

And at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 18, King Boston will premiere “Voices on King” — a moving visual essay. Directed and produced by Noah Christofer of Boston’s Beyond Measure Productions, the film will premiere on The Boston Foundation website and The Museum of Fine Arts website on Monday at 5 p.m. You can also learn more about King Boston at their website.

Additionally, the AmeriCorps website has a page dedicated to different resources to help you celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, including links to a searchable database to help you find local events.

On Monday, in remembrance of Dr. King’s legacy, we hope you may spend your “Day On” at one of these or other events while remembering his work and words.

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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