Not a single celebration, but an ongoing commitment of action to make the world a better place.
I also wrote a blog post on the HelpingHelp blog about how Real Leaders Inspire Ongoing Action. Celebrating is great, and committing a day to community service is notable. But real impact takes weeks, months, and sometimes years to create. It is the long and arduous days after the MLK celebration that are the most important for leaders of the next generation.
The day after MLK day is where true leaders shine. And they continue to shine for the weeks and months in between celebrations.
Right now, the world doesn't need celebrators. It needs leaders, innovators, and motivators. A "Day On" once a year won't cut it.
The question on January 17, 2012 should not be "What did you do on MLK day", it should be "What are you going to keep doing to make the world a better place?"
You have skills that can inspire the masses, move mountains, and change the world - use those everyday to truly live MLK's dream - and yours.
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
What are you doing the day after MLK day?