Birmingham neighborhoodsIn just 39 years, Martin Luther King, Jr. made a lasting impression on the American population through his persistent battle against racial inequality. King followed a philosophy of nonviolent but intentional confrontational tactics to create crisis situations that would result in negotiations. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) even organized the campaign that eventually led to the end of Jim Crow signs in Birmingham.

At his funeral, a recording of his last sermon, “Drum Major,” was played, during which he made the statement that in his life he tried to “love and serve humanity.” Today, January 21, 2013, Hands on Birmingham invites residents of nearby Birmingham neighborhoods, to come together to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy by giving back to the community.

Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the day, providing convenient times for anyone looking to give back. With children out of school, the MLK Day of Service is a great time for parents to get their children involved with community service. From home construction to socializing with seniors, there is a project available for everyone. For a complete list of projects, visit the Hands on Birmingham website.

Whether it was racial inequality, poverty or the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King, Jr. fought to make the United States a better place to live for all mankind. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, don’t just sit in your Birmingham new home. Remember why we celebrate this man and join your neighbors for a day of service.

Living in Birmingham provides you with many opportunities to serve others throughout the year. For more information on how you can call metro Birmingham home, visit the Harris Doyle Homes website.