January 20, 2014 will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. It is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15.
This milestone is a perfect chance for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers persons, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.
The MLK Day of Service is a way to convert Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps resolve social problems. That service may meet a substantial need, or it may meet a want of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.