Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Learn how Martin Luther King Day became a nationally observed holiday.
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Updated: June 9, 2019
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Community Service

In recent years, the focus of the King holiday has broadened to include an emphasis on service to the community. This turn of events would certainly have met with agreement from the man whose memory the day celebrates; as King was fond of saying, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

This increasingly popular theme for the day is captured in the slogan, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day on, not a day off!”

The following websites offer online resources for those who are interested in learning more about Martin Luther King day. Check them out!

The Holiday Zone: Martin Luther King Day Activities


Features activities for children, a bulletin board, discussion topics, and other material relevant to the holiday.

Martin Luther King Day on the Net


Offers a brief history of the holiday and links to related sites.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service


Emphasizes Dr. King's own tradition of service to local communities, and offers an online toolkit “to help you develop a service project of your own.” Also offers links to social service groups in need of volunteers.

Infoplease: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Offers an intelligent overview of the holiday and its history, a summary of Dr. King's life and works, and a series of well-written articles on civil rights and affirmative action.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University


Provides just about everything you'd need for an in-depth assessment of the man and his mission. Includes an archive of published documents, a detailed biography, recommended reading, and much more.

Excerpted from

The Complete Idiot's Guide to African-American History
Melba J. Duncan
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to African-American History © 2003 by Melba J. Duncan. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit the Idiot's Guide web site or call 1-800-253-6476.

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