Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it''s also MLK Jr. Day of Service, where we are encouraged to make it a "day on, not a day off." One question that he was always asking was "What are we doing for others?" Go here to find so ways that you can participate today and beyond.

There are two Days of Service: September 11th is a Day of Service and Remembrance but MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday used as a national day of service to encourage everyone to improve their communities.

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With everything that's going on around us in the world, this year's MLK Day of Service is like no other. Tensions are riding high and the country feels more divided than it has in a long time.

If you are stuck at home but still want to find a way to serve today, go here for ways to help while quarantining at home.

Martin Luther King Jr. has been gone for over 50 years but there is so much that he's said that applies to what we are going through today.

One of the things that we've been saying since the beginning of the pandemic is "We are in the same storm but in different boats." Dr. King had another take but it could be used in our situation now: "We may have all come on different ships but we're in the same boat now."

He also hit upon something that was true then and definitely relates to what we are going through now: "The quality, not the longevity, of one's life, is what is important." He wasn't here long but he made every day count.

If you've ever wondered "why am I alive?" I think MLK Jr. hit it on the head with this statement: "No one knows why they are really alive until they know what they would die for." WOW! How would you answer that statement?

If you have a chance today, take a moment or two and check out some of the most powerful quotes that Martin Luther King Jr. gave us that applied then and certainly apply now.

10 Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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