Hilliard Plans MLK Day of Service Activities

Posted January 12, 2021 in Community Alert by Anna Subler

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life serving others. Following his example, the City of Hilliard encourages its residents to serve on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, marks the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” this is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

In December 2020, Hilliard City Council voted to officially recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a City holiday. In addition to City buildings closing on Monday, Jan. 18, the City of Hilliard will also honor Dr. King by providing options for residents to honor his legacy and safely participate in acts of service.

Inspiration at the Station

From 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, Hilliard’s Station Park will be transformed into a temporary memorial honoring Dr. King. The community is invited to take 17 minutes (the length of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech) to reflect upon his legacy. Visitors will have the opportunity to view quotes and facts about his life and listen to the “I Have a Dream” speech.

I Have a Dream Mailbox

Starting Friday, Jan. 15, through Tuesday, Jan. 19, drop off a dream or reflection of your own in the “I Have a Dream Mailbox” at the newly dedicated Merchant Park, formerly known as the Heritage Rail Trail trailhead. Use this as an opportunity to journal or privately reflect upon Dr. King’s teachings. We encourage you to leave a dream of your own or thoughts about his legacy. The “I Have a Dream Mailbox” submissions will not be made public.  

Service Bingo

Turn a day off into a day of action! Make a difference in your community during the week of Jan. 18 by participating in “Service Bingo.” Choose five or more activities and cross them off on the bingo card. Once you have a bingo, submit your completed card to by Wednesday, Jan. 20. All completed cards will be entered into a random drawing for a prize from one of our sponsors. 

Book recommendations from the Hilliard Public Library

There is no better time to explore some of the most compelling literary works, both fictional and factual, about an influential period in our collective history. The staff at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Hilliard Branch have rounded up some great books on race, equality, human rights, and social activism that withstand the test of time.

Books for children

  • I Am Martin Luther King, Jr by Brad Meltzer
  • My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by Martin Luther King III
  • I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
  • My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold
  • We March by Shane Evans
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  • A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired A Nation by Barry Wittenstein
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for A King by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Books for teens

  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview And Other Conversations by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • March: Book One by John Lewis

Books for adults

  • Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.

City Manager Michelle Crandall said the City will be exploring more extensive ways to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King in the future. 

“In many places, this day becomes an opportunity to create programs that make a difference to the community through volunteerism, celebrations of diversity, and other activities that benefit others,” Crandall said. “I’d love to hear any ideas members of our community may have for what the City of Hilliard might do in the future to recognize and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy!” 

Residents with suggestions are invited to go to to share their ideas for programs that could be implemented in future years.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Rita Italian Ice
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream
  • Coffee Connections
  • Little Ice Cream Shoppe
  • Meatball Mafia
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