Martin Luther King Jr. – Service

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal holiday commemorates the birthday of an extraordinary American who is remembered as a world renowned leader and advocate for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. Since 1986, this holiday has been observed on the third Monday of January, around the time of his birthday, January 15.

On August 23, 1994, President William Clinton signed the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday and Service Act, expanding the mission of the holiday to one of community service, interracial cooperation and youth anti-violence activities. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words were spoken by Dr. King more than fifty years ago, yet they still ring true today. As a nation, we must ensure that the scales of justice work equally for all. On the MLK Day of Service, the only Federal holiday observed as a national day of service – “A Day On, Not A Day Off,” all Americans are called to work together to create solutions to some of our Nation’s most urgent social problems.

Dr. King devoted his life to serving others, reminding all that each of us must play a role in fulfilling America’s commitment to economic and social justice. While our nation has made great strides toward achieving equality, freedom and justice for all since Dr. King’s time, much work remains to be done. As we celebrate his life of courage, achievement and sacrifice, Dr. King’s legacy extends beyond the civil rights movement in America to peaceful individual and collective action around the world. In keeping with Dr. King’s vision, Coast Guard men and women dedicate their lives to assisting others. Their devotion to duty and service to humanity leads them to answer Dr. King’s question –“What are you doing for others?” in communities Coast Guard-wide.

I encourage the continued support Coast Guard members provide to the community and the Coast Guard Partnership in Education program. To learn more about Dr. King and his legacy, access

Source AlCoast Internet Release



  1. Robert E. Feffer says:

    I am a Navy vet from the Korean era and would like to say that I am sincerely proud of being a member of the USCGAUX. I love visiting our station; Jones Beach and meeting with the fine men and women that protect our Holland. It brings back many fond memories of the comradeship I enjoyed while serving in the Navy.

    One thing I wish for; bring back the work outfit I worn then. Especially for the summer months and for sure a short sleve denim shirt would be much more comfortable in places like Florida.


    Robert E. Feffer

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