At The Little Market, a core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and social justice issues and share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we are recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Day of Service.
We are honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s achievements, his work to end racial segregation and discrimination, and how he advocated for equal rights for everyone. Rev. Dr. King was one of the most prominent figures of the Civil Rights Movement with his leadership and nonviolent activism.
Dr. King became a Baptist minister in Alabama, a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s executive committee, the founder and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the leader of the March on Washington in 1963. In Montgomery, Alabama Dr. King also led the well-known bus boycott, which lasted more than 382 days, in opposition of segregation on buses. He actively traveled to speak and protest, wrote numerous books, and was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize when he was 35 years old.
Dr. King’s list of achievements and activism continues as he played a significant role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a monumental law to eliminate discrimination and segregation in public areas, as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prevents racial discrimination in voting in the United States.
We encourage you to find new ways to give back to your community on this Day of Service (and at any time of the year!). Here are some ideas to get started.
- Volunteer at local food banks and shelters.
- Donate to charitable organizations.
- Find a cause you’re passionate about and look for ways to get involved in your community.
- Visit a local nursing home and get to know the residents.
- Connect with younger students and mentor a child.
- Organize a clean-up in your neighborhood, whether it’s at the beach, the park, and beyond. Pick up any trash and litter.
- Host a food drive and collect non-perishable food items.
We honor the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and thank him and Civil Rights Movement activists. We must follow in their footsteps and work toward a more peaceful and just world together.