The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., deserves every parade, banquet, speech, benediction, and youth award we can summon up. It richly warrants a national holiday. But, for the last decade or so, some of Dr. King's strongest admirers have been urging Americans to do something more. US Representative John Lewis and former US Senator Harris Wofford authored the King Holiday and Service Act that challenges Americans to to use the holiday as a "day on'? of voluntary community service. President Bill Clinton signed it into law. It has been growing as a observance ever since.
On January 18th, St. Louisans of all ages and backgrounds will participate in projects coordinated by the United Way. I plan to invite all City employees to participate ' and I will do so myself. My hope is that we will honor Dr. King in St. Louis with the largest one-day volunteer public service effort in our history.
Will you join us?