Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Troop 5625 - Cadettes volunteered making blankets for Montgomery Hospice on Martin Luther King day of service. Photographer: Anna Hogenkamp

A day of service – Monday January 17, 2011

More than fifty years ago, Dr. King singled out the Girl Scout Movement as “a force for desegregation.”  We are still a powerful force for equality and positive change as we develop the leadership skills of nearly two and a half million girls from every race and every walk of life.  Our girls teach people to read, clothe and comfort the homeless, establish medical clinics, found libraries, and much more. Through their individual acts of compassionate public service, they continue Dr. King’s work of transforming our world.

Since it first became a national holiday twenty five years ago, the Girl Scouts have observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day of community service. Troops throughout the nation have organized a wide variety of community service projects, from serving food at homeless shelters to painting murals at community centers.  We want to congratulate all of you involved in these projects, and urge everyone in the Movement to seek out, this coming Monday, an opportunity to serve others.

Commemoration is a fine thing, but we best honor and celebrate Dr. King’s life by following his example. He is gone now, and it is up to us to make the world a better place.

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