The nation paused Monday to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights icon who would have turned 83 this year.
President Barack Obama said there is “no better way” to honor King’s life than by doing something on behalf of others. The MLK Day of Service is the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Last year in Philadelphia, for instance, computer professionals got together to donate used PCs to city families who lacked Internet access. In Washington, President Obama and his kids helped paint a middle school. In Des Moines, Iowa, members of Habitat for Humanity built 25 sheds for needy homeowners, reports the Christian Science Monitor. CNN has full Martin Luther King Jr. Day coverage.