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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Service - How will you serve in 2009?

Blessings All, Yesterday marked the 80th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was a committed and complex America man who shared his gifts as a clergyman, activist, civil rights leader, and writer with the world. When I think of Dr. King, one word comes to mind - SERVICE. The way he lived his life in service by sharing his gifts has always inspired me. This year I have included more service opportunities in my life so that I can share my gifts as a yoga teacher, Reiki master practitioner, online community builder, content publisher, radio host, creativity coach, artist, writer, lawyer, and social media strategist with individuals and organizations. Here are a few examples: 1) Organize and host 2009 program season for BAP Living Radio and Go Green Sangha Radio. The shows provide more opportunities to honor and highlight the lives and gifts of everyday people. 2) Manage and provide content that informs, inspires, and celebrates the gifts of others BAP Living social networking site and Go Green Sangha social networking site. 3) Volunteer a certain number of sessions to provide Reiki healing touch services to several creative folks in my local community. 4) Volunteer a certain number of hours to provide creativity coaching services to several creative folks in DC, Atlanta, and London. 5) Teach free yoga classes to members of the DC community on a monthly basis beginning in March and ending in December. For more information, visit http://yoga.meetup.com/584. 6) Give a select number of my books, Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One and That Which Awakens Me to people and organizations. 7) Provide financial support to individuals and organizations that serve creative communities and women of color. 8) Donate a certain number of hours to provide legal and social media strategy services to a select number of individuals and organizations that serve creative people and women of color. In addition, I will answer President-Elect Obama's request for service on Monday, January 19 by participating in a local service project with my sisters, Lu and Syl. I will post a blog next week with highlights from that service project and Inauguration events. Are you are planning to honor Dr. King? How will you share your gifts in service in 2009? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. Enjoy Dr. King's birthday and President Obama's Inauguration! Peace, Love, Creativity, and Service, Ananda
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Volunteering after a day of service

Dear Ananda,
As a youth services librarian, everyday is a day of service for me. :)

Two organizations that I have done volunteer work for however always need volunteers - both are national organizations.

I am part of my local history day competition as a judge and prize donor, which is part of the National History Day competition here in Monterey County.

Second, I have done intercultural orientations for students who will live abroad with the Youth for Understanding organization as well as re-entry orientations for students to help them work through reverse culture shock. I have also interviewed students for scholarship programs for this program.

Both of these organizations are dynamite and have such a positive impact on the life of young people and their communities.

Thanks for your posting.

Best,
Ruth

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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Service

Dear Ananda:

It's soulfully uplifting to note, as you listed, the various fruitful ways wherein one can serve in terms of honoring the worthy and sefless life of Reverend [Dr.] Martin Luther King, Junior.

Notably too, Reverend King, Junior's humanely enriching plus empathic passage through this journey called life; including his abiding friendship with my uncle Jaja Wachuku: http://www.redroom.com/blog/ugonna/some-memories-never-die - deeply inspires me to serve my beloved fellow human beings - in terms of giving my time and resources to those in need - as much as I can, selfleslly.

Also, to honour Reverend King, Junior in 2009, it is my humble hope that all United States citizens and humankind will be lifted to keep the American Dream much more alive; and serve with higher purpose through inspiration from my upcoming new book: American Galaxy: http://www.redroom.com/blog/ugonna/american-galaxy

Accordingly, let me thank you so much for sharing, with us in the Red Room, your blog on honoring Reverend King, Junior's life of unwavering, sacrificial service to all Americans and humankind.

Have a healthy, blessed and an abundant harvest new year 2009 in GOD's loving care. Cheers!

With love and very good wishes:

Ugonna
http://uwachuku.googlepages.com

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What America Means To Me. . .

In light of this very special Inauguration Day, please go to this site and tell me what America means to you?

www.fyicomminc.com/america/america.htm

Thanks,
Diva JC
www.divajc.com

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Obama

holykiss The victory of Obama at the polls is an icing on the cake of Martin Luther King.Jr.