In 2016, Martin Luther King Day will fall on January 18. As we celebrate Dr. King’s fight for equality and the furtherance of civil rights in our nation, many like to quote his famed “I have a dream” speech. However, there is another quote that may speak even greater of his character:
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
In recent years on Martin Luther King Day, many have chosen to declare the civil rights leader’s birthday “A Day of Service.” Rather than a simple government observation of Dr. King’s birthday, many prefer to “make it a day on, not a day off” by getting into the community and performing acts of service. At Hupy and Abraham, this sentiment speaks volumes and is reflected in our mission of doing well by doing good. The quality of work done for others goes above and beyond that which we do for ourselves, and that is why our firm believes it is so important to take the time to regularly contribute to our community.
So as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, let us remember and appreciate the ideas and the legacy of Dr. King’s ultimate sacrifice in an effort to make our country a better place. Dr. King correctly viewed law as either an obstacle or an opportunity because, as attorneys we must seek not simply to win, but to provide justice and the opportunity for our clients to regain the quality of life they deserve.
Hupy and Abraham is proud to again celebrate the holiday at the YMCA - MKE Dr. Martin Luther King Celebratory Breakfast. The event honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and recognizes local community members and organizations that are dedicated to serving others.
If you also are looking for ways to serve your community this Martin Luther King Day of Service, Milwaukee (and many other cities) offers many opportunities for a productive and meaningful “day on.” A few local opportunities include:
- The UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research is recruiting student volunteers, alumni and other Milwaukee community members to spend the day on beautification projects at Harold S. Vincent High School.
- Marquette University is joining City Year Milwaukee in beautifying a local Milwaukee public high school as well.
- Attend and volunteer at the Milwaukee Public Library for their Martin Luther King Day: Celebrate Freedom event that will include opportunities to donate blood, hear speakers and poets and much more.
Happy Martin Luther King Day!