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Some reflections on Martin Luther King and non-profit leadership

Yesterday I had the opportunity to volunteer with a group at the Greater Boston Food Bank. After spending some time on the production line, and given the past weekend celebrating Martin Luther King, the group was asked to reflect on what Martin Luther King might have done in light of what we had seen and experienced, at the Greater Boston Food Bank as well as the larger set of social issues that we are exposed to in our daily lives. Continue reading

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A new beginning

As the world watches the inauguration of the new president Barack Obama, it is an opportune time to renew a commitment to service and social upliftment. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day in the USA and the incoming president took the opportunity to exhort the nation to dedicate itself to a day of service. The President-elect launched a service initiative, Renew America Together.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday [is] a day to be remembered and celebrated not as a day off, but as a day on,” said Obama.

More importantly, it is not just on this day but every day that one rededicates oneself to serve. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”