Plans moving forward for MLK day of service in Philadelphia [photos]


Another record turnout is expected next week for a milestone day of service to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

Philadelphia organizer Todd Bernstein said the plan is to set a record with a massive outpouring of volunteers in service to others.

“This will be the 20th annual Martin Luther King Day of service on Jan. 19 when we expect to have over 135,000 volunteers serving in 1,800 projects throughout the region,” he said.

Events are keyed to a significant anniversary, Bernstein said.

“The 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” he said. “We will have a number of projects on King Day to promote voter registration, voter participation and empowerment.”

Among the events, participants will be making signs saying “Vote Here” in various languages for  display at polling stations in Philadelphia where English is not the primary language.

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