Every third Monday of January of each year, U.S. banks, official government offices and schools close to observe the life and legacy of a great man: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (Jan. 15 1969 – Apr. 4 1968).

Dr. King was a very prominent leader in the African American civil rights movement, and was best known for using non-violent methods (closely following the teachings of Gandhi) to fight for his cause: the equality of all people.

Today’s observation of Dr. King Day also marks the 25th anniversary of the MLK Day of Service, which challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a national day of community service. Continue reading to check out a 6-minute video explaining how Dr. King’s birthday evolved into a national day of service. The clip also reminds us of the importance of keeping Dr. King’s legacy of service alive not just today, but EVERY day of the year.

Look below for the video footage:

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