Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

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MLK Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as ‘a day on, not a day off,’ MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

MLK Day of Service, AmeriCorps

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Every year, a group of SF students carry out a service project on MLK Day. Last year, the group in the photo above worked with Rebuilding Together North Central Florida. Since we are not able to serve as a group this year, we are highlighting historical resources and organizations that work year-round to carry out King’s dream. If you are looking for ways to serve your community, check out our volunteer opportunity portal!



Local Dream-Keepers

In North Central Florida, there are several outstanding organizations carrying out Dr. King’s dream by dismantling inequality, discrimination, and poverty. Here are a few organizations you should know about:

  • Alachua NAACP: A local chapter of the largest civil rights organization in the nation.
  • Civic Media Center: A community space and library that hosts political, educational, and cultural events.
  • Dream Defenders: A Black-led organization of young people organizing every day to dismantle institutions of oppression.
  • East Gainesville Initiative: Santa Fe College’s EGI has been fighting poverty and assisting citizens since 2002 through educational outreach, community empowerment, and access to technology.
  • Gainesville for All: A coalition working to identify and address problems related to inequities and racial injustice in our community.
  • River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding: A coalition of community leaders, educators, and facilitators promoting peacebuilding and restorative justice.

Freedom’s Ring: King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Freedom’s Ring is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, animated. Here you can compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, listen to movement activists, and uncover historical context. Fifty years ago, as the culminating address of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King demanded the riches of freedom and the security of justice. Today, his language of love, nonviolent direct action, and redemptive suffering resonates globally in the millions who stand up for freedom together and elevate democracy to its ideals. Explore the speech with Stanford’s King Institute…

King and Economic Justice: The Poor People’s Campaign

Martin Luther King Jr.’s final vision was perhaps his most ambitious dream—the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. A continuation of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King’s poverty campaign was a multiethnic, human rights movement in which protesters of different races, cultures, and regions of the country assembled in Washington, D.C., to demand an Economic Bill of Rights.