“NO WORK IS INSIGNIFICANT. ALL LABOR THAT UPLIFTS HUMANITY HAS DIGNITY AND IMPORTANCE AND SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN WITH PAINSTAKING EXCELLENCE.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have always honored and commemorated life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.. My mother would take us to a play, concert, museum, parade or gathering where we would learn and honor the life of Dr. King. That evening, I would write up a full report on what I experienced and learned that day.
The next day I would return to school with my report and a note from my mother, which read, “ Dear Teacher, Sheila was out to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has completed a summary of the day and what she experienced…..”
My mother predicted my teacher’s response because the letter closed with, “I realize that this is not recognized as an official holiday, but it should be. Therefore, until it is, it will be recognized as one in my home. My children will learn his life and legacy.”
I am grateful that was instilled in my life at an early age. It was never a day off, it was always a day full of service, education and honor.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th 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,” MLK Day encourage all to volunteer to improve their communities.
We encourage you to use these resources for study and to share with your congregation and community. Make it a Day On, not a Day Off.
Blessed to be a blessing to you.
Rev. Sheila P. Spencer
Director of Christian Education and Faith Formation
The 2020 resource includes a variety of resources that can be used for worship and education, including a litany, scripture references, quotes and reflections from Dr. King. It also has additional website, video, and book resources that can be used with a variety of ages and groups. We encourage you to use and share these resources with your congregation and community as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click any of the links below for an archive of resources.