The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to honor Dr. King by coming together to help meet the needs of their communities and re-commit to service throughout the year.
- To honor the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Dr. King’s life and legacy, the President and First Lady, Cabinet Secretaries, and other Senior Administration Officials participated in community service projects and events.
- In celebration of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, the President and First Lady assembled a garden bed, planted vegetable seeds and packed bags with books for those in need.
- Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew served alongside City Year AmeriCorps members in New York City. Service projects included painting murals, collecting and sorting food and clothing items, and constructing bookshelves for use at the school.
- Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch served alongside GW students, Jumpstart AmeriCorps members, and staff at Hart Middle School assisting in a school beautification project promoting literacy within the school community. Attorney General Lynch also delivered remarks during the National Action Network’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.
- Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and staff served alongside AmeriCorps members at the Student Conservation Association’s annual King Day cleanup of Anacostia Park.
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack served alongside AmeriCorps members packing meals in Pella, Iowa.
- Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Department of Commerce Under Secretary of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee served alongside City Year AmeriCorps members at one of three local schools in Southeast D.C. to assist in beautification projects that included painting, library organizing, and clean up.
- Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Gina McCarthy and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Melissa Rogers served breakfast and helped prepare meals at Miriam’s Kitchen.
- U.S. Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield and staff served at DC Central Kitchen alongside graduates of the DC Central Kitchen Culinary Job Training Program, to prepare the 5,000 meals that are delivered every day to DC’s shelters, transitional homes, halfway houses and other social service agencies in the DC area.
2016 Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service
In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, volunteers made #MLKDay a day on, instead of a day off to strengthen communities across the country.