"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues. Working alongside individuals of all ages, races and backgrounds, Dr. King encouraged Americans to come together to strengthen communities, alleviate poverty, and acknowledge dignity and respect for all human beings.
Thank you to the 1,700+ volunteers who served the local community during the 2013 MLK Day of Service!
On Monday, January 21, 2013, people from around the country honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by transforming his life and teaching into civic action addressing needs in our community. In connection with this National Day of Service and legacy of service, the Carlson Center partnered with the United Way of King County to connect 1,700+ volunteers from the UW and King County with close to 100 service projects hosted by local nonprofit organizations. The MLK Day of Service Kicked Off at the newly remodeled Husky Union Building (HUB) with some inspirational words from our UW leadership.
Read more in this UW DAILY article, "Students and community members gather for MLK Day of Service," by Amy Busch.
Check out photos (or share your photos from the Day of Service) on the United Way of King County website: http://www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday/ or on the Carlson Center's MLK Day Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/496917983681542
Take a look at #MLKsea on Twitter to see posts from those involved about what a fantastic day of giving his was.
VIDEO: Why do we honor Dr. King with a Day of Service?
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Students in the UW Health Sciences Schools were invited to volunteer together at one of several service projects in the Seattle area, coordinated by Lauren Henricksen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW Tacoma: Unity Breakfast
The Dream is Still Alive: 50 Years and Counting
Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 8:00am - 10:30am at the William W. Philip Hall
The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast is built around celabration of the 50 years since Martin Luther King's historic and moving "I Have a Dream" speech. This gathering honored the message of those empowering words as well as the progress they inspired. The breakfast featured community recognition by way of the Dream Alive Awards as well as local perfoming artists. Keynote speaker, Carolyn McKinstry, will share her experiences as a survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963 and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. McKinstry's experiences are relevant to today's challenges and successes towards the realization of King's "Dream" 50 years later.
The UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College held the 4th Annual MLK Day of Service, titled, "Empower the Future" on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, including service opportunities with Seattle Children's Hospital, the Miracle League, Threads and Treads, Northshore Senior Center, and Riverside East Retirement Home.
Seattle MLK March & Rally -- "Let Freedom Ring" on January 21st, 2013
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee hosted its 31st annual region-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2013.
See photos from the event.
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Learn More about the Legacy of Dr. King
Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. & the University of Washington legacy of involvement in this Day of Service.
Find links to interviews with UW students, staff, faculty, alumni; to news stories about UW involvement in service and in pursuing Dr. King's legacy; to the King Center; to MLK Biographies; to a video recording of the "I Have a Dream" speech; to photos of past MLK Day of Service participants from the UW; and more.
Learn more about MLK Day of Service events around the country from the Corporation for National & Community Service.
MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service.
"After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The federal holiday was first observed in 1986." Find more information about what's happening around the country for MLK Day, including a resource for finding service projects around the state of Washington, or view the MLK Legacy of Service video series: http://mlkday.gov/promote/videos.php