Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, millions of people are taking part in service projects to honor King's legacy.

Today also marks the beginning of "40 Days of Nonviolence: Building the Beloved Community" — 40 days during which families, schools, faith communities and other organizations will plan service projects and educational activities promoting King's message of nonviolence and social justice.

Our quote of the day comes from Coretta Scott King: "If American women would increase their voting turnout by 10 percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children."

And Rep. Barbara Lee released a statement recalling King's powerful remarks on the impact of the war in Vietnam on poverty:

He reflected, 'then came the buildup in Vietnam and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

Lee calls for a redirection of funds from the war in Iraq to help alleviate poverty today and concludes: "In upholding Dr. King’s legacy, we must challenge this administration’s foreign and domestic policies and demand peace and justice."

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