Among his inspiring speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put out the challenge: “What are you doing for others?”
In tribute to King’s legacy of service, the garrison’s Equal Opportunity Office is working with local organizations to provide opportunities for volunteerism at the garrison’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Let’s all get ready to honor Dr. King with a day of service.” said Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers, senior enlisted adviser for the EEO.
The EEO is hosting the annual observance on Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Meade, 6600 York Road. The 90-minute event will feature refreshments and a performance by the Largo High School Choir of Upper Marlboro.
The federal holiday marking the birthday of the slain civil rights leader, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, was established in 1983. The observance is held on the third Monday in January.
In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort, according to the organization’s website.
The theme, which does not change each year, is “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off.”
“In conjunction with the theme of legacy of service to others, we are planning to have local organizations that will have many opportunities for volunteerism and involvement throughout this season and the year,” Chambers said.
Voncile Farmer, Fort Meade’s Volunteer Corps Program manager, and Diane Sancilio, director of volunteer services for Hospice of the Chesapeake, will talk about volunteer opportunities within the Fort Meade community and at the nonprofit organization.
Entertainment wll be provided by the Largo High School Choir. Its broad repertoire ranges from Gospel and folk to classical, blues and jazz.
Last year, the 65-member choir was selected as a GRAMMY Signature School Enterprise Award semifinalist — the only school in the Washington metropolitan area to receive the honor.
During the past three years, the choir performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Center, Historic Howard Theatre, University of Maryland Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, NASA Goddard and the Verizon Center for the Washington Wizards.
For more information, call Sgt. 1st Class Derrick Chambers at 301-677-6687. To join the MLK Day Service Network, go to nationalservice.gov.
By Rona S. Hirsch, Assistant Editor