Through organized, non-violent and peaceful means, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world by dedicating his life to the pursuit of basic civil rights for all people. He dreamed of a world where people of all races and backgrounds could live, work, and help each other create a “beloved community.”
What’s Open, What’s Closed
On Monday, January 20, we celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy through a National Day of Service. In observance of this holiday, all municipal, state, and federal offices will be closed. That includes schools, most banks, post offices, and libraries. Retailers and restaurants may be open at the owner’s discretion and the MBTA will run on a Saturday schedule.
Four Ways to Celebrate and Serve
- The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), the local home base of AmeriCorps and Governor Patrick’s Commonwealth Corps programs, supports thousands of people engaged in service and volunteerism throughout the Commonwealth. MSA also provides access to ongoing volunteer opportunities through Massvolunteers.org and Connect & Serve. In commemoration of the Dr. King holiday, MSA hosts a whole range of volunteer opportunities throughout the state.
- Visit the Museum of African American History in either Boston or Nantucket. The museum will celebrate the life of Dr. King with a ceremony in Boston at Faneuil Hall at 1 p.m., and in Nantucket at the United Methodist Church at noon.
- Explore Boston’s Black Heritage Trail. This 1.6-mile guided tour includes the bulk of our nation’s pre-Civil War historic sites related to the lives of free African Americans. For those closer to Cape Cod, the Black History Trail on Nantucket features ten sites that reveal the heritage of African Americans living on Nantucket.
- The City of Cambridge Peace Commission hosts its annual Commemoration and Remembrance of MLK event on January 20, from noon to 1:45 p.m., including readings of Dr. King’s famous speeches, music and more.
How do you plan to celebrate and serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Comment below or tweet us at @MassGov and let us know of your experience.