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Honoring Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is not only a Federal holiday, it is the only holiday designated a National Day of Service. “Observed each year on the third Monday in January as ‘a day on, not a day off,’ in 2021 AmeriCorps and the Presidential Inaugural Committee are working together to encourage you to engage in volunteer service in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Although it’s likely too late to create and register a project, you can recognize star volunteers at any time with a Presidential Service Award, which “honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too”.

Looking for braille/print books about Dr. King for young folk in grades 3-7? The NBP February Book of the Month is “Martin & Anne: The Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank”. The School Library Journal noted, “Born the same year and treated as inferior due to their race, both Martin and Anne dreamed of a world where equality and justice prevailed. By using key events from their lives to show the forces arrayed against them, the author makes the resilience and positive outlook of both figures even more evident.” Available from National Braille Press