Ways to celebrate MLK Day through service

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OKLAHOMA CITY—While many Americans are watching President Obama’s inauguration, others are celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

People throughout the country are honoring the legacy of Dr. King through service and volunteering.

Since this year’s holiday falls on the same day as the presidential inauguration, President Obama and the first lady marked the “National Day of Service” on Saturday by staining bookshelves at a Washington school.

Closer to home, Gov. Mary Fallin attended a ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Oklahoma History Center.

Fallin released a statement saying, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached compassion, love and respect for all mankind. These are enduring principles and values that are just as important today as they have ever been.”

She asked that others take a moment to honor those who delivered equal rights to citizens without the use of violence in the face of adversity.

She said, ” We are a better nation and a better people for their service and sacrifice.”

If you didn’t get to volunteer over the weekend, there are still opportunities to volunteer today.

To find an opportunity in your community, just log onto the service website and enter your zip code.

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