MLK Day of Service

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live."
-Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

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How can I learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other community service movements around Seattle?

The King Center
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.

Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
This autobiography/biography was first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures, here it is presented by

The Corporation for National and Community Service - Nation-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Website
In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.

Martin Luther King Jr. on Wikipedia

The Seattle Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee
Seattle / Martin Luther King County has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in the United States. Find out more about the workshops, march, and rally organized by the Seattle Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action: “WE MUST FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO WAR”
The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will be honoring the member of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a traditional vigil, a nonviolence training, and offering information about working for the abolition of nuclear weapons on Saturday, January 16, 2010.


2009 King Day of Service Was the Largest Ever: Watch the Video(s)
A record number of Americans honored Dr. King and answered President-elect Obama’s call to service by volunteering on the January 19 King Day of Service. More than 13,000 service projects took place across the country, more than double last year. Americans made it “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.  Read more >

President Barack Obama during the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Good Morning America reports on President-elect Barack Obama's involvement the day before his inquguration last year, helping to paint a shelter for homeless teens and vising with wounded solidiers.

See President-elect Obama's 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech.


For more information on how to continue your involvement in community service, visit:

University of Washington Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center
The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center develops service-learning, community-based participatory research, and service opportunities for UW students that sustain reciprocal partnerships, deepen learning, advance civic leadership, and contribute to our greater community.

United Way of King County
United Way of King County will bring you to one of the most rewarding experiences in your life - volunteering. The UWKC database will connect you directly to community organizations that match your interests and needs. Also, visit the UWKC Out of the Rain Campaign Site to learn more about how the United Way is striving to end homelessness in King County.
The place where volunteers and opportunities meet in King County.

Statewide Poverty Action Network
Poverty Action works to eliminate the root causes of poverty in Washington. Poverty Action is the state’s largest and most diverse network of people influencing decisions in the state capitol to ensure everyone can have a better future.

Committed to bringing volunteers and service organizations together on behalf of community needs nationwide. Find or post a volunteer opportunity today.

Take a related course at UW-Seattle:

AFRAM 101 Introduction to African American Studies
AFRAM 246 African American Politics
AFRAM 315 Black Identities and Political Power
HSTAA 150 Introduction to African-American History
HSTAA 230 Race and Power in America, 1861-1940
HSTAA 236 How Race Matters: Racial Norms in the Making of U.S. Society & Culture
HSTAA 540 African American Urban History: 1700-2000
HSTAA 549 Culture, Politics, and Power in Nineteenth-Century Black America
PB AF 569 Race and Public Policy
POL S 315 Black Identities and Political Power
POL S 316 African-American Political and Social Thought
POL S 317 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
SIS 336 The Place of Law in Multicultural Conflicts
SOC 247 Contemporary Social Movements
SOC 447 Social Movements
SOC 463 African-American Political Thought

For more information on these courses and others, visit the University of Washington Course Descriptions page or Time Schedule .

Take a related course at UW-Tacoma:

TCSUIS 223: African American History
TCSUIS 441: Black Freedom Movement in Perspective
TCSUIS 456: Community and Labor Organizing: A Multicultural Perspective
TIBCUS 459: African-American Culture and Consciousness
TIBCUS 465: African-American History, 1945-present
TIBCUS 466: Life and Thought: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Angela Davis

For updated information on these courses, visit the UWT Course Catalog or Registration Guide.