Monday, January 17, 2011

Honor MLK — serve your community

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Today, as you've probably heard, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In celebration, Hands on Charlotte is coordinating the MLK Week of Service, which you can read more about at CrossroadsCharlotte.org.

One of MLK, Jr.'s contemporaries, John F. Kennedy Jr., said during his inauguration speech, given 50 years ago this week, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

I think you'll agree, that's a great quote. Also great: the idea of a week of service in honor of a man who gave his life while working to better the lives of others. Let's carry their powerful words beyond conceptualization, let's roll up our sleeves, stop complaining and get to work.

So, let me ask: How will you serve your community this week?

Hands on Charlotte has plenty of ideas for you, which you can review here. But, if you're not into formal volunteering, that's cool. Just look around. There are people in need and things to be done everywhere. Don't wait for someone to ask you or organize a special event around helping out, just do it.

Here's part of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last speech.

Here's another piece of that same speech:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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