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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - #MLKDay

What is the MLK Day of Service?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.


MLK Day is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community.  Use the Toolkits to plan for the Day of Service.


President Obama helping a City Year volunteer


Join the hundreds of thousands of people who serve on MLK Day and throughout the year. Find a volunteer opportunity in your community by entering your location in the box to the right. You may also register your own project so that volunteers can find it.


Find free lesson plans that teach Dr. King’s legacy of service for grades K-8.


Helping servicemembers


What are your plans for MLK Day? Share your plans and share your project’s impact after MLK Day. You can share your story on Serve.gov, on our Facebook page, or by sending an email to MLKDay@cns.gov. Your stories will help us highlight the many ways Americans are honoring Dr. King through service, improving lives, and making a difference in our communities.

MLK Day of Service 2015 Recap


“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." Dr. MLK Jr

Remembering and celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on the 2015 MLK Day of Service. Hundreds of thousands of Americans joined in across the nation to participate in service during the national holiday. Read more on the 2015 MLK Day of Service Storify.


2015 Student Art Contest Winners

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Scholastic sponsored a Student Art Contest. Students were challenged to create a poster that inspires others to serve and answers Dr. King's question, "What are you doing for others?" for a chance to win a tablet. The 12 winning posters were displayed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bookstore in Washington, D.C. 

Click here to see the winning posters

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