Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Year-Round

The Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King in Washington, DC.

Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work by helping others. While organizations focus on the MLK Day of Service in January, February is a great month to kick off year-round service opportunities for young people. Inspire young people to serve their community with some digital resources that highlight the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his leadership during the civil rights movement:

  • Google Arts & Culture page for Martin Luther King, Jr. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see historic photos organized on a timeline. In the ‘Online Exhibits’ section, click on the arrow on the right side of the page to access the Civil Rights Photography Exhibit from the High Museum in Atlanta.
  • Time’s OneDream Website. Time, Inc. has gathered photos and videos from their archives to create a multimedia site about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision and the events of the civil rights movement.

Volunteering is an activity where young people can practice skills that will support them in their transition to adulthood. Service projects require commitment, cooperation, and communication with others in order to get the job done. Many organizations provide guidance, materials, and projects for working with youth throughout the year. Here are a few volunteer-savvy organizations to start with:

  • The Corporation for National Service’s MLK Day website. Even though the annual event has passed, staff can still access valuable resources for creating service-focused activities for youth including links to free lesson plans.
  • HandsOn Network. Staff can search for locally-based volunteer opportunities by connecting to nearby volunteer centers that are part of this nationwide network managed by Points of Light.
  • Volunteermatch.org. From making “care bags” for clients of social service agencies in Boston to habitat restoration in Oakland, staff are bound to find a nearby project from this longstanding volunteer clearinghouse.

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Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.

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