Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial | Washington DC, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Zach Frailey’s photostream

This Monday, January 20th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–a day when we honor this great leader for his non-violent fight on behalf of civil rights and social justice. While MLK Day has been observed for nearly 30 years, it was signed into law as a Day of Service 20 years ago by President Clinton from a bill initiated by Pennsylvania’s own U.S. Senator Harris Wofford along with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis.

Remarking on this year’s celebration, President Obama said:

Dr. King taught us that “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” In honor of this spirit, Americans across the country will come together for a day of service. By volunteering our time and energy, we can build stronger, healthier, more resilient communities. Today, let us put aside our narrow ambitions, lift up one another, and march a little closer to the Nation Dr. King envisioned.

If you want to honor Dr. King by volunteering on Monday, Pittsburgh Cares has a bevy of opportunities to choose from here. If you can’t spare time on the holiday, please check out these other opportunities to help here.


Martin Luther King Jr Memorial at night, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Scott Ableman’s photostream