Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to be celebrated in the community-wide event in Olympia, proclaimed by County
From The JOLT News:
Congresswoman Strickland to be the keynote speaker
They are reinstituting the holiday’s community-wide celebration, which will be held at noon on Monday, Jan. 16, at the New Life Baptist Church.
All your favorite national parks will be free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What to know
From The Olympian:
The National Park Service is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admission to more than 400 park sites across the country. It’s one of just five days the public can visit any national park without an entrance fee in 2023, according to officials, with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 16, being the first.
In addition to the free entrance fees for all parks, the park service said it will host several special events and ranger programs to honor Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
“On January 16, 2023, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 28th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.
“Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service – a ‘Day On, Not a Day Off.’
“Dr. King advocated for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice as a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; he was the youngest person to ever receive this high honor. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by entering the ministry to become a Baptist minister. On April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of his hotel. Dr. King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers.
“We remember Dr. King as a husband, father, friend, and fierce advocate for the betterment of all people. Honor his memory by organizing, volunteering, and spreading the word. Remember to MAKE IT A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF, for you and those around you,” by the DODEA, Department of Defense Education Activity.