Almost 70 years have passed since Martin Luther King, Jr. led the movement to end segregation and open doors to equal opportunity for Black Americans. It wasn’t until January 20, 1986, two decades after Dr. King died fighting for justice, that the government recognized MLK Day as a federal holiday. MLK Day officially became a holiday in all 50 U.S. states in January 2000. Dr. King has left an imprint on our national consciousness and we continue to honor his legacy today.
As we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s work as an activist, we encourage all of you reading this to spend MLK Day serving your own communities. At The Los Angeles Film School, we observe MLK Day as an official day off for students, staff and faculty. This is your time for reflection and service. If you are able to lend your time to the community, here are great service organizations to devote time to this MLK Day.
“Making time to volunteer for MLK Day of Service is a great way to engage with your community while honoring the legacy of Dr. King. Whether you plan on cleaning up a public space, mentoring a young person, or assisting those who are food insecure, what you do makes a world of difference.” – Americorps. Find service opportunities in your local area here.
Founded in 1991, L.A. Works has become Los Angeles’ premier volunteer action center. With a database of over 50,000 active Angelenos who have volunteered within the past 5 years, each year L.A. Works recruits, mobilizes, and manages tens of thousands of new and returning volunteers in service of the Los Angeles community. Find service opportunities with L.A. Works.
National Urban League
Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research, and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 90 affiliates serving 300 communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than two million people nationwide. Find service opportunities with The National Urban League.
Volunteer Match connects people with nonprofits. It takes the will and assistance of volunteers to help an underserved community thrive. Make an impact in your community by finding the right organization to partner with through Volunteer Match. Find service opportunities in your area.