“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., December 3, 1956
Among Dr. King’s most compelling visions is that of a Beloved Community – a community in which people of different backgrounds recognize their interconnectedness and how individual well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of others. This vision of inclusiveness and fostering mutual understanding is the inspiration for our Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on January 21, 2019.
As a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service to others, City Year considers MLK Day as a day “on,” not a day ”off.” Each Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City Year mobilizes its 3,000 AmeriCorps members and thousands more volunteers for a day of service in communities across the nation. This year we hosted over 150 National Service members from and community members from around the state in a day of service and celebration at Manchester's Hillside Middle School. Together, we engaged in a service project, a canned food drive, and a series of workshops educating the community on issues of equity and social justice. We also heard from Congressman Chris Pappas, Mayor Joyce Craig, and representatives of National Service programs in the state as they shared their reasons for dedicating themselves to service and honoring the legacy of Dr. King.
Throughout the day, we reflected on these words from Dr. King: "life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'" While we all returned to our respective sites and homes at the end of the day, we carried with us a renewed commitment to living out Dr. King's powerful vision of building a Beloved Community.
Stay tuned for information on our next Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in 2020!