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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off

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As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we commemorate the great Dr. King for his dedication to public service and his commitment to this country. He dedicated his life to the highest values of human dignity in service to social change, and many people make this holiday a day of service in his honor. His poignant quote - "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - inspires Americans everywhere to volunteer in their communities and give back.

When we naturalize new American citizens, we congratulate them on gaining many important rights, such as the right to vote, run for public office, and apply for a passport. However, we also remind them of their responsibilities as U.S. citizens. New citizens are required to take an Oath of Allegiance obligating them to support and defend the Constitution. This oath is a promise to invest in this country’s future, and we remind new citizens there are many ways, such as volunteerism, public service or other means, that they can make the United States a better place for everyone.

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, don’t just take the day off - make it a day "on". Whether you are an U.S. citizen or just thinking about becoming one, consider ways you can serve others. 

"Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart…"

"I’d like somebody to mention…that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others."

Martin Luther King Jr.
"The Drum Major Instinct"
Ebenezer Baptist Church
February 4, 1968

To learn more about how you can serve others, please visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website. To learn more about naturalization and the rights and responsibility of U.S. citizens, please see our Citizenship Information page.