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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 

Cal State San Marcos students, faculty, staff and community partners are encouraged to volunteer virtually for the 2021 Virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (MLK Day of Service). Virtually volunteer between Thursday, January 15 to Monday, January 18, 2021. Engage in one of the listed virtual volunteer projects below to commemorate the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate the 26th anniversary of this national day of service by treating it as a "day on and not a day off". 

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This year we are collaborating with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to promote the National Day of Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. By hosting the Cal State San Marcos Virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event on the PIC page, we will provide opportunities for service to anyone searching for San Diego based opportunities. Visit out Event Page.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities 

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, opt for a "Day On not a Day Off" by committing to serve at least one (1) hour or more to one of the following opportunities. No matter the time frame, we appreciate your willingness to serve community from home!

  • Smithsonian Museum Transcription - As a Digital Volunteer you will transcribe historical documents to make them more accessible.
  • Operation Gratitude - Contribute to a care package by writing a thank you letter to military and first responders. Operation Gratitude will send you a letter writing kit to start!
  • National Archives - Become a citizen archivist by tagging, transcribing and, making records more accessible and searchable.
  • Love it Forward List - Send a note, drawing, origami, or collage to send a message of love and hope to someone in need.
  • LibroVox - Record yourself reading chapters of a book to be added to a public domain audiobook platform.
  • Virtual Tech Ambassador - Train with the San Diego Futures Foundation to co-facilitate a Digital Literacy Training. Be sure to register to volunteer in advance.
  • Words Alive! Page Turners - Read and review books from the Words Alive! recommendation list to determine which books should be added to their program curriculum.

Explore more virtual service opportunities with HandsOn San DiegoAmeriCorps MLK Day of Service and 9/11 Day: Tomorrow Together.

Register for your Virtual Volunteer Experience

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Disclaimer: Cal State San Marcos and the Day of Service Committee does not encourage in-person, direct-service volunteering. If you choose to on your own will, do so by following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and your local Health Department.

California African American Museum MLK Day Event

MLK Day Celebration 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021 from 10:00 AM  - 3:30 PM

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day immersed in music, culture, and community. This year’s virtual festival highlights MLK’s dedication to labor and workers’ rights, and these movements’ continued importance today. Enjoy these vibrant programs and activities for all ages.

RSVP to Virtually Participate HERE.

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Listen and Virtually Engage with Dr. King's Speeches

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The World House is a series of podcasts designed to introduce you to the work of the King Institute and in particular to the King Papers Project. 

Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his vision of a just and peaceful world. Hosted by Stanford University's The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.

Engage in this virtual reality experience to hear and "witness" some of Dr. King's historical speeches reimagined in the digital space.

Scholars and researchers at North Carolina State University produced a virtual reality experience of King's "Fill Up the Jails" speech and more. This Day of Service take time to experience the Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr.  Project.  

Virtual MLK Project

If you have suggestions for a virtual opportunity projects or or would like more information about this event, contact the department of Civic Engagement at