MLK Day 2019

Service, outreach, acceptance, and love.

This upcoming January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a chief nonviolent activist in the Civil Rights movement and an inspiration for freedom, justice, and equality. Soon after his assassination in 1968, the campaign started for the creation of his holiday; in 2000, MLK day was officially observed in all 50 states.

Four years ago, Dr. J David Waugh, a specialty recruiter with PSG, wrote a commemorative piece on “Why Observing Dr. Martin Luther King Day Is Important for All Americans.” Similarly, in 2017, PSG published a great post on Facebook, paying respect to the holiday.

Around the Jackson area, several events and service projects happened in respect to MLK day in 2018.

  • The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History on Monday, Jan. 15, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, offered free entry to their museums.
  • On the 14th, Jackson Councilman Kenneth Stokes hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, themed “Reflections of Dr. King’s Dream in 2017.” The parade was led by the Jackson State Band for the first time.
  • Deanna Tisdale performed at Tougaloo College, a campus where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke.

Other locations held special donations and lunches, including Gateway Rescue Mission, Stewpot Community Services, Harmony Court Assisted Living, and Metro Jackson Pan-Hellenic Council.

What are your plans this year? Did you serve? What will you do going forward?

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