Today is MLK Day: A Day of Service

Today is a national holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and a big inauguration weekend too. It's a quiet day for us, but we did want to give a shout-out for the Day of Service that the Obamas encouraged today. Why? Because though AT is devoted to helping people make their homes beautiful, organized and healthy, we also believe in taking care of our bigger home, whether it's our neighborhood, country or planet.

Even if you can't participate in a neighborhood or city-wide act of service today, we encourage you to think of some way to serve someone close to you. And what better way than through the kitchen? Bake a batch of cookies, invite someone to dinner, stock up your freezer with soups to give away later, or simply make an especially loving dinner for your household.

Have a wonderful day, and check back a little later -- we are still bringing you a few quick posts about the inauguration and food that will go along with it! Read on for more on how we like to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Every year I read King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" as a reminder of what he did, the role he played in our country, and the incredibly eloquent and lasting effect of his words and actions. If you've never read it I highly recommend it.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a force for justice, equality, and love, and celebrating a holiday in his name is largely to celebrate a holiday of hospitality, welcome, and friendship. We encourage you to celebrate in this spirit and to welcome and serve anyone you can today.

Here are past reflections on this day from The Kitchn:

From the Kitchen: On Martin Luther King Day
From The Kitchn: Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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