This Monday, January 18th is MLK Day. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
In 1979, a public campaign in support of officially recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday was launched. In 1984, Congress passed legislation officially declaring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every year, on the third Monday in January, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." The intention of the day is to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions for social ills, and lead us closer to achieving Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
So fellow Connectors, how are YOU planning to spend your "day on" this Monday?
Mass Vaccination efforts are underway in communities around the world. And many are in need of volunteers. If you know of such opportunities in your community, please share!
Across the state of Illinois, Advocate Health Care needs volunteers at Vaccine Clinics. If you're willing to be a greeter or to help with registration, sanitizing vaccine areas, or stocking supplies, you can learn more here. All volunteers serving onsite for these clinics will be offered the COVID vaccine.
So who's ready to roll up their sleeves – for the vaccine and to help others?!
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