MLK Jr. Day of Service
In honor of Dr. King’s spirit of service and peace, the goal of MLK Jr. Day of Service is to engage U of I students in community-based projects. MLK Jr. Day of Service is an annual service event that happens during the month of January and open to all. Register using the "Register Now" link at the top of this page.
Due to COVID-19, we will be having a completely virtual 2021 event in partnership with White Spring Ranch. Participants will be transcribing letters from three generations of historians that have collected over 4,000 letters ranging from 1877 to the Vietnam war. Participants will be assigned a hand written letter which will be emailed to them on the day of service so that they can transcribe the writing to a Word document. Once these letters are transcribed, they will be used in local libraries and as a record of Idaho history. Participants will need access to Microsoft Word and Zoom for the day of service.
MLK Jr Day of Service Event Details:
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30th
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Location: Zoom (a link will be emailed to you once you are registered)
Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.
Following in the footsteps of his father, in February 1948, at the age of 19, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry and was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In 1954, upon completion of graduate studies at Boston University, he accepted a call to serve at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. While there, he was an instrumental leader in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, made famous by the nonviolent resistance and arrest of Rosa Parks. He resigned this position in 1959 and moved back to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
From 1960 until his death in 1968, he served as co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and died on April 4, 1968.