SAN DIEGO -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. In recognition, communities in San Diego have scheduled events and service projects you can get involved with.
"You can have a person in your own house that needs help. Your neighbor needs help. That is the whole premise," said Carmen Coya van-Duijn with the King Center.
San Diego Events
- Holiness and Social Justice 2018 – Dinner and panel discussion with Pastor Terrell Fletcher
- MLK Jr. Community Choir in Escondido
- Martin Luther King Jr: 50 Years Later – panel discussion in Valencia Park / Malcolm X Library
Below are other ways you can honor his legacy today - and all year long.
Deliver meals: Ten million senior citizens in America face the threat of hunger. Meals On Wheels provides nutritious meals for homebound seniors. You can sign up to deliver a meal and give a quick safety check for senior citizens in your area.
Start a conversation: Points of Light Sunday Supper was inspired by King's vision that people of diverse backgrounds would come together to discuss injustices and create a plan for action. Share a meal and conversation about community issues here. Other ways to volunteer are listed on the organization's website.
Use your words: Good with words? You can write a letter thanking a veteran, first responder or a new recruit through Operation Gratitude.
Build homes: Find out what the housing situation looks like in your community here and help build homes for those in need with Habitat for Humanity.
Educate others: The MLK National Day of Service site provides tool kits you can use to teach your friends, family and neighbors topics ranging from disaster preparedness to well-being. Start your own project here.
Offer help: Are you a medical professional? Doctors Without Borders recruits medical, administrative and logistical support personnel to provide medical care to people worldwide.
Give money: Life-changing events like natural disasters happen often around the world and many people need support. CNN's Impact Your World has a list of causes you can donate to.
Be kind: Give a compliment. Open the door for someone. Help mom cook dinner. As King said, "The time is always right to do what is right."