The third Monday in January marks the observed holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This day honors the life and legacy of Dr. King, an American Civil Rights leader who fought for equality and justice in an era of segregation and racism. His activism changed the course of U.S. history - from leading a bus boycott to organizing the March on Washington to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize - and his non-violent resistance continues to inspire people around the world today. MLK day is an opportunity to recognize Dr. King's accomplishments, reflect on what he stood for, and celebrate the progress that has been made since his death in 1968. Here are some ways you can remember his legacy.
- Participate in a local march or celebration - Organize or participate in a march or rally to honor MLK day.
- Educate yourself and your family - Read books on MLK's life, watch documentaries or movies, and discuss his legacy.
- Donate to an organization that works to promote racial justice - Donating money is one of the best ways to support causes you care about.
- Support diversity in the workplace - Offer internships, advocate for more diverse hiring practices, and make sure everyone in the workplace feels welcome.
- Volunteer at a project dedicated to promoting racial justice - Find a local organization that focuses on issues such as education, voting rights, criminal justice reform, etc., and give your time.
- #HolyMischief- Honor Dr. King by doing something nice for someone else without expecting anything in return.
- Reach out to people of different backgrounds - Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself to connect with people who have different backgrounds and experiences than you do.
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