Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights activist that used speeches to help end segregation. We celebrate his good deeds and honor him on the third Monday in January of each year. This year we will be celebrating MLK day on January 16, 2023. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
MLK day is also known as a day of service. FCCLA chapters are encouraged to complete service projects to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
The complexity of the service projects varies greatly. One possible project is chapters can choose to read books to elementary students. To incorporate Martin Luther King Jr. into this project, they can read a book about his life, the civil rights movement, or the importance of including everyone. If a chapter has more time to work on this project, they may choose to make hygiene kits for the homeless. This project may take more time because chapters would need to fundraise, buy products or ask for donations, put the kits together, and distribute them. It is not about how long the project takes or how much it costs. The important part is that you are making a positive difference for your community members.