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Martin Luther King Day of Service Affiliate Event | Free COVID Testing & More

January 18 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Welcome to the MLK Day of Service.

From the global pandemic, including a heightened awareness around racial disparities in the delivery of health care; political and social polarization; massive unemployment; food insecurity and numerous issues around systemic racism, there are many challenges AND opportunities for better days ahead.

January for Global Citizen, with hundreds of terrific community partners, and hundreds of thousands of active citizens, includes the annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, celebrating Dr. King’s legacy through citizen action, which for many includes a year-round commitment to community involvement.

But, unlike any other year, the 26th annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service will be much different, mostly virtual. In 1966, Dr. King said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” On January 18, Global Citizen, in partnership with the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, area physicians, frontline healthcare workers and institutions will present Justice & the COVID-19 Health Crisis.

The King Day of Service will be highlighted at our traditional Girard College signature site, from 9 am-Noon, with drive-through and walk-in COVID-19 testing, focusing on vulnerable populations from underserved communities. Learn more about the opportunity in this newsletter and help us spread the word.

In addition, many virtual options will include a 3 pm reflection and discussion on COVID-19 and Racial Disparities in the Healthcare system, a 10 am training of volunteers for the City of Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps, our 10th annual Jobs and Opportunity Fair and Civic Engagement Expo, and in-person food distribution project at several locations throughout Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 31st annual King Tribute Concert will be carried on King Day at philorch.org.

Please go to mlkdayofservice.org to learn more about King Day of Service opportunities, including our COVID-19 testing initiative. As always, please register your projects, especially so others throughout the community may participate. Let us know if we can be helpful by email at info@globalcitizen365.org.

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  • 8:30 AM Opening Ceremony


January 18
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Lynne Williams