What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Why is it a "Day of Service?"
Legislation signed in 1983 marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads service and volunteering, with leading this effort. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."
Join us at Social Tables to contribute to a project or just hang out with some civic-minded folks. Everyone is welcome regardless of their tech knowledge. Laptops are recommended, but not required.
10:00 - 10:30 Show up, hang out, have some coffee and tea
10:30 - 10:45 Introductions & announcements
10:45 - 11:00 Project pitches
11:00 - 11:30 New Person Orientation (for first-timers)
11:00 - 12:30 Projects! (see list of projects below)
12:30 - 1:30 Pizza for lunch
1:00 - 1:30 Project demos during lunch
1:30 - 3:30 Projects!
3:30 - 4:00 Reconvene to discuss what we worked on and learned
Some of the projects that will be present are:
- Census 2020 Create-a-Thon planning: https://github.com/codefordc/Census2020
- DCAF case management project: https://github.com/DCAFEngineering/dcaf_case_management/
- Court Scraper project: https://www.stompoutslumlords.org/
- CryptoParty: https://cryptopartydc.github.io/
Are you interested in pitching a new project? Contact us so that we can help hone your pitch and determine whether it’s a good fit for Code for DC: [masked]