Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2021

This Monday, January 18th, Americans will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a time set aside to honor an icon in our nation’s history. The federal holiday, celebrated on the Monday nearest King’s birthday on January 15, was originally established in 1983, but first celebrated in 1986. In 1994 MLK Day was designated by Congress as the nation’s first “day of service,” with community service efforts to be led by AmeriCorps.  

There are many opportunities for honoring Dr. King this Monday. For people who are already active in anti-racism and racial justice work, MLK Day can be a valuable time for reflection, self-care, and healing. For those ready to step up to the plate and get involved in ongoing efforts for racial justice, the holiday is the perfect time to get started! Wherever you fit, there are resources available to help you make the most in honoring King’s groundbreaking work.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Protesting

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Reflect and Rest

  • Talk with friends and family who remember the Civil Rights movement—ask them about their feelings, their involvement, and where they were when they heard the news of key events like student sit-ins, Rosa Parks’s arrest, or King’s assassination. You can get the conversation going by showing them others’ memories from that time. 
  • Read poems or enjoy music from the civil rights era or relax with a novel, choosing a civil rights theme and/or an author of color. Check out the Black Deaf Center’s reading list for some great recommendations. Better yet, purchase your new book from a Black-owned bookstore
  • Check out @TheNapMinistry to learn about napping as resistance.
National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum



Black Lives Matter

National Black Deaf Advocates


Whether you choose to reflect and learn about MLK’s legacy, or roll up your sleeves and volunteer, we hope these resources will serve as a good starting place as we all continue the work of building a more just America together. 

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