“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

The entire quote from King actually reads, “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 full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Today, we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Marin Luther King, Jr. This is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

What’s the Good News?

There are many ways to volunteer and serve in Robeson County. Here are just a few options:

Robeson County Church and Community Center

Lumberton Christian Care Center

Southeastern Family Violence Center

United Way of Robeson

Communities in Schools

Volunteer to be a coach with the Parks and Recreation Department (when activities resume)

Join a civic club such as Kiwanis, Rotary, or the Lions Club

Based on the images I’ve seen over the years of people observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day it seems that most of the celebration is done by African-Americans. (I may be way off base with that generalization, and if so, my apologies.) There are many reasons why that may be the case, and I’ll leave the exploration of those reasons up to people who are well educated on the subject. However, what is clear in King’s quote is that he meant for “everybody” and “anybody” to serve. And that includes you, and it includes me. All it takes is a “heart full of grace and a soul generated by love”.

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