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Posted 1/9/2013

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By Dave Palmer

LOS ANGELES — On Jan. 21, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District Black Employment Program will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a day of service, not a day off.

"On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit," said Arnecia Williams, District Black Employment Programs manager. "The MLK holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America."

The BEP is collecting toiletries and children’s gifts through Jan. 17 to donate to shelters in the local community. A collection box is located in the EEO office at the District headquarters. Items will be distributed on Jan. 21.

This year, MLK Day coincides with the Presidential Inauguration, President Obama has asked Americans to join him in a National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19.

To learn about volunteer opportunities in local communities, visit http://www.serve.gov or http://mlkday.gov/serve to continue the legacy.

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