Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
Each year, our department partners with Campus Kitchen and the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition to host Baylor University's MLK Day of Service. This opportunity allows our faculty, staff and students to honor the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by drawing from a garden metaphor of planting seeds. As Dr. King crossed barriers to plant seeds of change and hope in the United States, the Baylor and Waco communities gathered together to bridge the gaps that often divide us.