This year, the annual holiday commemorating the birth of Dr. King coincides with the Inaugural events in Washington, D.C. for President Barack Obama. It is appropriate that the first African-American to be elected President of the United States will deliver his second inaugural address facing the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his memorable “I have a Dream” speech in 1963.
Dr. King’s struggle continues to this day—and yes, “The Struggle Can Be Won.” If he were with us today, Dr. King would urge us to continue the march toward the “Promised Land,” where people of every religion, race, and creed can achieve the American dream of freedom and opportunity.
The annual commemoration of Dr. King’s birth is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, a day in which Americans from all walks of life join together to serve their neighbors and communities. I know of no better way to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. To learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and how you can participate, I encourage you to visit: http://www.usaservice.org.