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MLK Day: A Day On, Not a Day Off

Photo of Seattle Academy 2019 Student Service Projects

Photo of Seattle Academy 2019 Student Service Projects

Written by Rick DuPree, Director of Community Engagement

On January 18, 2021 we honor the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - a day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader's birth, achievements, and legacy. This year marks the 38th anniversary of MLK Day with the first nationwide observance taking place in 1986. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. And while school may be closed, this is “a day on, not a day off.”

Now more than ever, it’s vital that we remember that the gift of service of one individual can impact others. And together, as a community, we can make a significant impact. Even during a global pandemic, we can still give back when traditional volunteer opportunities may be limited. Over the past year,

Over the past year, I’m impressed and inspired by our students who continue to demonstrate a commitment to service by volunteering their time and talents to important causes locally, nationally, and globally.  Seattle Academy’s Upper School Community Engagement Organization (CEO) club encourages community service by sharing volunteer opportunities in the COVID-19 world of physical distancing

“Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve.” - MLK

In his historic “I Have A Dream” Speech in 1963, Dr. King said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day out in the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.


Opportunities for engagement

Upcoming MLK Day events 2021

The following events will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some are fun, some are thoughtful, and others are thought-provoking.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Virtual walk: In the Steps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FREE | Your house!

Online Workshop: MLK Day - history of policing in the U.S.

10:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Online


How will you honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s spirit and legacy of service?  How will you use your “day on?”