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President Barack Obama:
Tapping King’s Vision/Inspiring Americans to Answer Call to Service
Washington- The comeback of America has begun.
Inspiring that resurgence in pride and service is the call to service by our 44th President, Barack Obama.
“We are one People and one nation,” Obama said. “Together we will begin the next great chapter in America’s history.”
Obama, a Democrat who was elected Nov. 4 to replace two-term Republican George W. Bush, is the first black president of the U.S. after serving as a U.S. senator from Illinois.
Obama is calling on thousands of Americans to help rebuild the country and knows what can happen when ordinary people turn their hopes into real action.
This national day of service will fall in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19.
His call to service is a charge for every American to work to create the kind of America we want to see.
With the Obama inauguration and the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, thousands of Americans across the country are out answering that call to commemorate King’s legacy through service and set the bar for the future.
In 1994, Congress transformed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday into a national day of community service to further commemorate a man who lived his life in service to others. As a tribute to that legacy and the very real needs of our nation, the President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have launched a national organizing effort on the eve of their Inauguration to engage Americans in service.
Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to do more than just offer a single day of service to their cities, towns and neighborhoods.
“I ask for your service and your active citizenship as President of the United States. This will not be a call issued in one speech or one program--this will be a central cause of my presidency,” Obama said. “It is up to each of us to serve and to make our service as meaningful as possible.”
Obama is asking every American to step up and make an ongoing commitment to our communities.
The current recession is a global recession and during these times of great economic hardship it is most vital to include those most in need throughout the world.
“It’s about seeing a need and taking action,“ said Rhonda Taylor, Deputy Director of Corporate Relations at the Corporation for National and Community Service. “This historic day is a day when Americans band together to renew our local communities.”
According to Taylor, communities are reflecting on the importance of connecting our great history of community action and service with the world at large.