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The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 15 is the 28th anniversary of the DAY OF SERVICE that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off.” This day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

The Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids are encouraging our Sisters, Associates, Employees, and friends to commit to some form of prayer, service, study, or action this week.

You can find events at Marywood, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Valley State University, and so much more.

Click on the button to see some ways you might give your time or learn how the legacy of Dr. King is being lived out by so many people around Grand Rapids and beyond.


Dr. King was a prominent and prolific writer and public speaker throughout his life. Following are quotations that still inspire and encourage reflection today.

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Christmas sermon, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Stride Toward Freedom, 1958