Everybody Can Be Great
Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1994 the United States' Congress rededicated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, January 19, as a national day of community service. King lived a whole life of service with dedication to inspiring others to the same: "Everybody can be great because everybody can serve."
U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden honored King's life and message by using their online, campaign resources and their speaking opportunities to organize community service efforts nationwide. While he was painting a wall today at an emergency shelter for teenagers in Washington, D.C., the Sasha Bruce House, Obama said: "When all of our people are engaged and involved in making their community better, we can accomplish anything."
David Plouffe, the campaign manager for Obama-Biden 2008, yesterday sent this message to the 17 million Americans who had signed up to stay in touch:
In your neighborhood and in thousands of communities across the country, Americans are answering President-elect Obama's call to service.
Tomorrow, January 19th, our nation will come together in a shared spirit of community. And I wanted to make sure you know how to participate.
Monday is not only the eve of an inauguration that brings all of us so much hope, it's also Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- when we recognize the power of one man to bring about change by serving his country.
Help kick off an ongoing commitment to serve our communities by taking part in this extraordinary day of service.
David Plouffe's message also provided the image above and this link to help everyone find a way to serve:
With the web site, any American could find an organized event to attend or host their own event, organized through the site.
There were more than 5,000 community service events organized through USAService.org for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and many thousands more are organized for future dates.
This is an unprecedented extension of what was a political campaign into an activist movement for a more civil society. The empowerment at USAService.org should be internationalized to help all of the 1.5 billion people online organize service events for everyone, everywhere. In turn we can all serve, and we can all be great.