Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.
For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.
Silicon Valley's American Red Cross is hosting a MLK Day Disaster Preparedness Doorhanger Challenge and Scavenger Hunt on Jan. 21 from 1-4:00 p.m. and meeting up at the Sonoma Chicken Coop in downtown Campbell.
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department is holding a MLK Service Trail Day on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose.
The Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department is also holding a MLK Trail Service Day - Lexington Reservoir on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos.
So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?
The Holiday's History
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.
Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.
The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington.
Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day.
Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.
TELL US: What does MLK Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.
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