A Look Back on Martin Luther King’s Historic Speech

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By: Jillian Ellis, Team SFMC — Today we honor Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. King led a nonviolent movement for racial equality in the United States. This day we honor Dr. King by pausing and reflecting on his life, legacy and achievements.

Here’s a clip from the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that King gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.

Looking for ways to spend your federal holiday? You can visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. While you are there, walk over to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech! For more MLK activities and services, click here.

From all of us at Team SFMC, thank you Dr. Martin Luther King for your dedication and contributions to our country!

Video courtesy of NJ.com‘s Youtube Channel.

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In Honor of 9/11

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Today marks the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.  Almost everybody can remember where they were that day and can tell you how they felt and what today means for them.

Many of the most resounding memories from that day include how overwhelming the feeling of unity was throughout the country.  Everybody came together to help and comfort one another.  Together, we were able to start rebuilding.

Today is the National Day of Service and Remembrance, in honor of the victims of 9/11, as well as the survivors, those who volunteered, and the spirit of unity that existed immediately after.  To find ways to participate, you can visit the website here.  However, if you can’t participate in a service project, there are lots of other ways to get involved.

  • Donate blood
  • Schedule a time in the future to volunteer:
    If weekdays don’t work, make it a family event and volunteer on a weekend.
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Pay for the next person in line’s coffee
  • Help a neighbor carry groceries or shopping bags in from their car
  • Find out where there are local shelters or churches that need food — take some non-perishables
  • Find out local places to donate clothing/furniture/etc

It doesn’t take much, but every little bit helps.

Will you be volunteering today?  What are your plans?  Share them with us!