3 Ways to Celebrate MLK Today

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from Michiganders Post!

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, here are a few ideas:

1. Service

Allforgood.org has a handy database that tracks countless volunteer opportunities so you can find them in your area.

As an example, here are a few things going on in our area (Flint) today: (1) Baker College MLK Day of Service 2015 offers an opportunity to make blankets for needy kids, mats for the homeless, or para-cord bracelets; (2) Davenport University’s Survival Bracelet Project offers an opportunity to help make 400 survival bracelets for military personnel and first responders; and (3) Genesee County Habitat for Humanity Shed Building Project.

Search the database to find worthy causes in your neck of the woods.

2. “No More Silence”

If you’re in the Grand Rapids area, Grand Valley State University presents “No More Silence” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Week, which includes a keynote address from Sybrina Fulton, better known as Trayvon Martin’s mother, and Marc Lamont Hill, activist and author of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity.

View the complete schedule of events online. And keep in mind, this is only one example of the great events many colleges and universities are hosting this week. Check the events schedules at the campuses nearest to you for other worthy MLK celebrations.

3. Reflection

If you work for a well-intentioned, but slow-to-embrace-MLK-Day organization, you can still participate in the spirit of Dr. King today. Take 17 minutes out of your day to watch the famous “I Have a Dream Speech” in full, and then reflect on how you can make a contribution toward his dream throughout the coming year in your community.

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