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Message from Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2024

Hello everyone. This weekend, we honor the indelible life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Day is a particularly special federal holiday, being the only one officially designated as a National Day of Service.

As we reflect on Dr. King’s impact on today’s world, it’s important that we also acknowledge the impact we can make by following his example.

If we are going to tackle this country’s greatest challenges, we need to work together.

I encourage you all to take time out of your weekends and find opportunities to give back – through volunteering, making charitable donations, or participating in other activities that will help set your communities on a path to better tomorrow.

Our friends over at AmeriCorps have made it easier than ever to get involved by compiling a list of volunteer opportunities across the country at Americorps.gov/MLKDay.

Martin Luther King Jr. fought his entire life for the future he knew he may never get to see. And by using Dr. King’s example as our own roadmap, we can all do our part to usher in that future for generations to come.

Together, let’s pay homage to Dr. King’s legacy and the legacy of so many others to build a fairer, brighter, and better America.

Happy Martin Luther King Day.

⇒ Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy With Census Data on Volunteerism, Voting Rights, Education and Economy