On Monday, January 18, 2021, Americans will celebrate Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. The federal holiday, commemorated annually on the third Monday of January, serves multiple purposes. It honors the life and legacy of the activist who led the fight for racial equality, brings focus on current civil rights issues, highlights the power of using nonviolence to bring about social reform, and inspires young people to consider joining public service.
Today, thanks to the clergyman-turned-activist’s courage and efforts, all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin, can pursue their dreams. It is now up to all of us, both young and old, to protect MLK’s legacy for future generations by fighting against societal injustices and helping those in need. As you celebrate the holiday on Monday, January 18, be sure to reflect upon what you can do to make a difference and create your own legacy. Remember, it doesn’t have to be something huge to make a difference in the life of another.