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A Day On for Service

Sonal Shah, Director, and Divya Kumaraiah, Policy Assistant, of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation discuss the importance of service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the holiday recognizing one of America’s great leaders and civil servants.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a nation and challenged future generations to constantly strive for a more perfect union.  Half a century ago, he called on all individuals to take action to improve their communities and make our country stronger.  Today, we remember him by calling on all Americans to dedicate this January 17th, 2011 to serve our communities.

Although we face new challenges, Dr. King’s call to service remains an American value.  As a country challenged by the most challenging economic climate of our generation, we have recognized that government alone is not the solution.  We know that America is great because we have the ability and the passion to come together in difficult times.

We recognize service as a solution.

Let us take today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the importance of service.  Together we can overcome barriers, strengthen our communities, and empower our neighbors.  Today, we will be joining the President and our colleagues in the Domestic Policy Council in a day of service.  We hope that many of you will join us in spending some part of your day with your family, friends, and neighbors serving your community.

Visit the to find out about volunteer opportunities in your community.  And share your story with us about how you honored the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service.

Sonal Shah is the Director and Divya Kumaraiah is the Policy Assistant for the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.