January 18, 2016: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

WHEREAS, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and opportunity for all, and challenged all Americans to participate in the never-ending work of building a more perfect union; and,


WHEREAS, Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide and inspire us in addressing challenges in our communities; and,


WHEREAS, the King Holiday and Service Act, enacted in 1994, designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national day of volunteer service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort; and,


WHEREAS, volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an appropriate way to honor Dr. King, meet local and national needs, bring our citizens together, and strengthen our communities and nation; and,


WHEREAS, in recognition of this day, service projects are being organized by a wide range of nonprofits, private businesses, colleges and universities, and other organizations across the state and country; and,


WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Community Service Commission in this special observance, which reflects respect for the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and appreciation for all Michiganders who have the opportunity to pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. King through participation in community service projects on this day and throughout the year;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2016 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in Michigan.