A Day to Remember, A Day to Serve


For lots of kids Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is nothing more than a day off of school. Some sleep late, play video games, skateboard or go to the movies. But I think that MLK Day is much too important for that.  For the last five years, I have been participating with my family and friends in MLK National Day of Service projects.  This year we served in areas of the Jersey Shore still suffering from Hurricane Sandy. It has been almost 15 months since the storm and lots of homes have not yet begun to be rebuilt. Lots of kids are still living with friends or relatives or in trailers.

It feels good to do what we can to help them. It was also fun to work with other members of the Project RACE team.  Our own Project RACE Teens President, Tommy McManus, won the MLK essay contest and read his awesome essay to a huge crowd of volunteers and community leaders.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” I am glad that Project RACE believes this as well. We have a kids and teens division, because we know that anyone who is old enough to serve, is old enough to make a great difference, whether it be in multiracial advocacy or in helping victims of disaster.


Happy MLK Day, everybody!!!


– Karson

President, Project RACE Kids


4 Responses to “A Day to Remember, A Day to Serve”
  1. Molly McManus says:

    What a wonderful article, Karson. You are right. Too many people think of MLK National Day of Service as a day off rather than a day to participate and get something done. I am so proud of you for making a difference!

  2. Tom McManus says:

    Thanks Karson!! You’re completely right, too many people think of MLK’s birthday as nothing more than a day off from school. But it is fantastic that people like you understand the real meaning of MLK day, and how it is a day of giving back to society, just like Doctor King would have done. I’m excited to spend the future MLK days giving back just like you have for the last 5 years!

  3. karson says:

    Thanks, Tommy!!

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