In celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy, Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali participated Monday in memorial events and community service projects.
In Washington, D.C., Secretary Duncan joined Rev. Al Sharpton for an annual King Day breakfast where he spoke about Dr. King’s legacy and discussed how education is the civil rights issue of our generation. Later in the day, Arne and his family participated in City Year’s service project at Kramer Middle School, where he spoke with students and joined other volunteers in painting positive messages throughout the school. (President Obama also spent part of King Day helping to spiff up a DC school.)
In Philadelphia, Assistant Secretary Ali delivered opening remarks at a panel discussion at Girard College Lower School, joined the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon and participated in the National Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony.
Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the King Center, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity for all Americans to come together to help meet the needs of their communities and make an ongoing commitment to service throughout the year. To find an opportunity to help your community, visit www.serve.gov.
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