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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Dream

by Greg Tucker

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech. As the federal agency tasked with leading the annual day of service named in his honor, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) draws inspiration from a life that encouraged service to others.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.Often cited as one of the most significant speeches of the 20th century, Dr. King’s address came during a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement and challenged the nation to apply the ideals prescribed by the Founding Fathers to all of its citizens, regardless of their race, creed, or color. The strength of the message continues to resonate as the aspirations in the speech’s unscripted “I have a dream” section still ring true for many today.

In fact, the speech’s broader themes that called for expanded economic opportunity and united communities working for the good of society run parallel to the goals of CNCS programs and particularly the MLK National Day of Service.

As we remember a man who inspired millions, consider honoring his life through volunteering and service. Make plans to serve all year long to make the “beloved community” he often spoke of a reality. Circle Jan. 20, 2014, on your calendar to participate in the next MLK Day of Service and use actions to respond to the question he posed: “What are you doing for others?” And visit our MLK Day page to discover resources that will help you plan projects to share with your friends and family.

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