MLK Day – January 18th, 2016

It’s not just a day off from school

Every year Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place on the third Monday of January. Children are off from school, the Stock Market is closed, and some companies give their employees the day off, but do we really stop and reflect on what this day is all about?

Who is MLK, you ask? Simply put, Martin Luther King Jr. was a vital figure who helped influence and inspire thousands of people across the nation. His speeches, which were first presented over 50 years ago, are still taught in schools and are relevant today. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pivotal role in fighting for civil rights and equality.

In today’s society, social media has created a space where anyone can voice their opinions, but with all of the posts, tweets, and blogs it has become so easy to feel so small. It is easy to catch yourself thinking “What difference can I make? I’m only one person.”

Fear not! Next time you catch yourself with those thoughts remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his contribution to history. He may be a hero, but he was not a human with special powers or extra strength. He was a normal person, just like you and me, but he had a voice and was determined to use that voice for the betterment of our nation.

So this MLK Day, use your voice for good. Take a moment to remember that you are important and powerful and use your talents for others. Volunteer your time or money. Donate food or extra clothing. Or just lend a helping hand. Personally, I plan on donating canned food to the Capital Area Food Bank. It may not seem like much, but one person can change the world. Change begins within each of us.


Interested in getting involved this MLK Day? Check out what’s happening in Austin:

March, Festival, and Food Drive