By Rebecca Marks Jimerson
America has been observing and celebrating, in most states, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday for 26 years.
The federal holiday, which went into effect in 1986 and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Nov. 3, 1983, is traditionally celebrated annually on the third Monday of January with galas, parades, speeches and more locally and across the nation.
It’s also the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities, according to AmeriCorps, which has led this effort for the past quarter century.
Because we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic with numbers climbing daily, the normal recognitions and celebrations have come to a screeching halt to keep people safe.
And, in our eyes, that’s the smart thing to do.
In light of the unfortunate events that occurred Jan. 6 at our nation’s Capitol, there’s still a myriad of reasons to pay homage to MLK Day 2021 by just being kind to those in your community on that day and, for that matter, each and every day.
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