Each year on the third Monday in January, communities across the country celebrate the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a federal holiday devoted to inspiring individuals, strengthening communities, bridging barriers, creating solutions to social problems, and moving us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”
MLK Day matters because it recognizes and honors the total legacy* of Dr. King—championing the issue of civil rights, highlighting the use of nonviolence to promote change, and calling individuals into public service—while inspiring us to support and improve communities in our own ways.
We encourage Chapters, Campus Clubs, and HOPEww Scouts Troops to celebrate MLK Day of Service by engaging as many as possible. COVID-19 has created severe blood shortages, and this campaign is a great and easy way to meet a huge need!
We look forward to honoring Dr. King and inspiring greater hope!
*Blood Drives & Biblical Justice
True to the MLK legacy, donating blood is one way we can address injustices associated with medical care often experienced by those who are marginalized. Not everyone has an intrinsic understanding that in marginalized communities, resources for treatment of specialized medical need may not be available. With medical deficits being something that many would not consider or think of, we have an opportunity to help educate people outside of marginalized communities of the need for access to regular medical care, i.e., specific blood types that are not always available. “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” – Isaiah 1:17