The Caring Force Blog The Caring Force Celebrates MLK Jr. Day!

| Caroline O'Neill

On January 17th,  we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a giant of the Civil Rights movement. He worked tirelessly to advocate and fight for the disenfranchised, oppressed, disadvantaged, and those experiencing discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service. We encourage everyone to treat January 17th as a “day on, not day off” and give back to your community.

If you are looking for a safe and moving way to celebrate on Monday, please consider the following three events being hosted by Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, King Boston, and Riverside Community Care.

Martin Luther King. Jr. Family Services, in collaboration with others, is presenting a virtual online event on Monday, January 17 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 event can be watched on the home page of Community Music School of Springfield and Focus Springfield’s websites.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 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 at the ‘Quin House in Boston. You can also learn more about King Boston at their website.

Lastly, join Riverside Community Care on January 31 for a celebration of Black History Month and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Special guests, an inspiring program, free to all! Register now: https://buff.ly/3tfUi2b.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s also remember that the fight for human service pay equity is a fight for racial and economic justice. Many of the human services workers in Massachusetts are people of color, are women, and in a higher proportion than other comparable workforces in the Commonwealth.

To learn more about our Essential Workers campaign to fight for recognition and better compensation, click here.

Have a great Martin Luther King Jr. Day and stay safe!

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