In 1997, the NYS
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Memorial Observance created
the Community Service Initiative to
remember and honor Dr. King not just on one day, but every day
of the year.
The 1998 King Community Service Initiative urged New Yorkers
to reach into their communities, open their hearts and offer
their hands to feed the hungry, house the homeless, care for
those with debilitating diseases, stop violence, join the battle
against crime and drugs, help youth at risk, and promote
interracial cooperation, justice and peace. By doing so, we
change the way we think about ourselves and others, not just for
one day, but for a lifetime.
Each New York Celebration has urged communities and
individuals to remember and honor Dr. King. The philosophy
reflects his proposition that "everybody can be great because
anybody can serve."
Dr. King Statewide Canned Food Drive
keeping with Dr. King's legacy,
this year will mark the 14th anniversary of the community
the Dr. King Statewide
Canned Food Drive. New York State Agencies and
organizations helped to collect over 431,082 pounds of food and
$81,650.07 in monetary donations . Donations were collected and distributed in
every region of the State; from the major urban areas of New
York City, Albany, and Buffalo, to the rural towns of Sherburne,
Ogdensburg, and South Kortright. The food drive is co-sponsored
by the Hunger Action Network and the New York State Food Bank
Federation. It will be held from December 16th, 2013
to January 20th, 2014.
Drop off locations in the lobby of:
- Empire State Plaza - Albany
- Donovan State Office Building-Buffalo
- The Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building – New
On Monday, January 16th, at the Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance, we will provide you
with an additional opportunity to contribute to this worthy
cause. We hope that you will join us in making a difference,
because as Dr. King said, "No one’s
plate should be empty."
15th Annual Empire State Dr. King
Essay and Fine Arts Display
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THROUGH OUR YOUNG EYES:
A VIEW OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
During the King Holiday Observance, come and view the
Empire State Dr. King Essay and Fine Arts Display.
The exhibit will be displayed during the Dr. Martin Luther
King Holiday Observance on January 20, 2014.
students are invited to submit essays
and artwork based on
Dr. King's 6 Principles of Nonviolence. The students could choose from a
few different categories such as painting, drawing,
sculpting and photography. At last year's
Observance, more than 4,000
pieces, representing entries from 240
schools statewide were submitted and
The concept of the display
- To encourage students to learn more about Dr. King,
his nonviolent philosophy and its application to current
- To introduce students to the concept and methodology
of Dr. King's "Six Principles and Steps of
- To encourage students to examine current concerns and
offer creative solutions using nonviolent means.
- To encourage the development and utilization of
creative skills in the arts as a means of illustrating
- To empower students to pursue change through
All entries are due
December 2nd, 2013
Dr. King Statewide Children's
The MLK Literacy Initiative collects new books for
distribution to elementary, middle, high schools and after
school programs through out the state. The program continues to
grow beyond expectations each year. Children can unlock their
true potential by embracing the power of the written word by
reading, thanks to the generosity of numerous state agencies
throughout the state. Since inception, the Literacy Drive has
collected and distributed over 260,784 books on behalf of Dr.
King that have enhanced education efforts for children through
These are the regions and dates for
the 2014 Drive:
- Albany Region: January 21
through March 14
- Buffalo Region: January 21
through March 14
- New York City: January 21
through March 14
Empire State King Quilts
During the 1999 New York State King Holiday Memorial
Observance, the Empire State King Quilts were unveiled
for all to enjoy. The six King Quilts were created as a special
tribute to the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. The concept for the quilt came about with these
thoughts in mind: that a community is a blend of ideas of men,
women and children from diverse backgrounds woven together like
threads in a colorful tapestry.
Come view the quilts during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial Observance on Monday, January 20,
2014. They will be
displayed on the walls of the Empire State Plaza Convention
Center during the event.
Dr. King Career Fair
The New York State Department of Labor, with conjunction with
the Office of General Services on April 17th, 2014, at the
Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, New York.
Throughout the day, Career Workshops covering topics such as
resume writing, interviewing techniques
search strategies will be held.
Free and open
to the public.
"Be A King" Volunteer
The New York State Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Fair will be part of the King
The Fair will
consist of over 30 non-profit, community
based organizations from across the State. Booths will be set up
at the base of the Convention Center during the King Ceremony to encourage people to learn
about their organizations and volunteer efforts. Attendees who
wish to volunteer with a charitable organization are encouraged
to fill out the King Volunteer Pledge Cards.
The purpose of the Volunteer Fair is to introduce people to
ways they can become actively involved in civic and community
programs. The greatest tribute we can bestow upon the memory of
the beloved Dr. King is to invite people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate this
special holiday held in his honor by performing individual acts
of kindness through service to others.
“Life’s most urgent question is: what are you
doing for others”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Pledge Card (in PDF
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