Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dunwoody

Volunteers in this National Day of Service are set to help build a new trail at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Dunwoody volunteers are set to help build a new trail at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

According to CrossRoadsNews, volunteers will also line the sides of the trail with downed tree branches, spread mulch and remove invasive plants.

Dunwoody city offices will also be closed for the national holiday.

More than 3,000 volunteers of all ages will be putting work into the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day by giving of their time cleaning up and beautifying schools, community centers and theaters, and doing projects for seniors and shut-ins.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

What does MLK Day mean to you? Tell us in the comments.

Rob January 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM
MLK day question: Why does the Dunwoody police deprtment not have any blacks on the force?
Judy January 21, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Ah, probably don't pay enough? None applied or none qualified don't make it a racial issue or next time you need an officer aks for only a black one!
What goes around comes around January 22, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Rob - there is one that i know of, and I believe he is a member of the command staff. There was another, but he left for a position closer to his home awhile ago. There are other minorities and religions, so next time, please just ask the question before you publish something as if it were the truth. That way, you won't look like you're calling someone a racist or whatever the flavor of your day is, ok?
Rob January 22, 2013 at 03:39 AM
But "Trolls" opinions just don`t count...especially when the`re wrong. No "brothers" or "sisters" on the force!


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