Today as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., here’s information about turning the holiday into a day of service.

Also, King’s secretary and confidant, Dora McDonald, died Saturday at the age of 81. She is remembered by many for her incredible work and the support she provided to the King family.

At a 2002 roundtable on civil rights sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McDonald talked about the sacrifices many made during the civil rights movement: “I guess my hope comes from believing that our mission was right and that eventually we will be able to address racism, poverty and war, and improve the lot of all people.”

“You know, we were always taught by the leaders that freedom is not free, we have to pay a price,” said McDonald. “There’s a price to be paid for freedom.”

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