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MLK Day of Service 2016| Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy

By: Khadija Carr, CPDC ServiceWorks


Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

That call to action is one that has come to encapsulate the spirit of collective impact for me.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day mobilizes thousands of people a year and encourages them to use their “day off” as a “day on,” contributing to the creation and sustenance of healthy and vibrant communities. To enact on my social conscience, I have chosen to dedicate my passion for striving for equity for marginalized groups, to a year of service with AmeriCorps.

As Volunteer Project Development Coordinator for the ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTA team, I have been tasked with compressing our six-week series into a six-hour boot camp-style day of service on January 16, 2016.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ServiceWorks DC has planned a day-long conference-style event to put young scholars (16-24 y.o.) on the path to success. We will be offering leadership development and project management skills training, mentorship and the personal sense of empowerment that comes with performing volunteer service.


King’s day this year, unfortunately falls on the crest of a collective nerve that has been pinched as a result of the upsurge of senseless acts of violence, bigotry, and oppression that has been plaguing disenfranchised populations in our communities for centuries.

This day will not only represent volunteerism, but also, celebrate the diversity, social justice, and inclusion for which King stood.

Looking for a volunteer service project for MLK Day 2016? SIGN UP TODAY! https://serviceworksmlkday.eventbrite.com

Khadija Carr hails from Silver Spring, Maryland and has called it home for all of her life.  She is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Biology. In college, Khadija was very active in service and leadership as a Community Senate Secretary, Resident Advisor, and Multicultural Leadership Scholar.  In addition, as a Principled Problem Solving Scholar, she gained a keen understanding about the connection between business and crafting social good. As a ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTA, she looks forward to leveraging her passion for equity and inclusion to create meaningful ways to engage youth.

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