Today is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service. MLKDay.Gov tells us,
Millions of Americans are expected to honor Dr. King and answer President-elect Obama’s call to service by volunteering on the January 19 King Holiday. More than 11,400 service projects are taking place across the country, more than double last year. Americans will make it “a day on, not a day off” by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much, much more.
Of course, you don’t need a holiday to serve your nation. On January 8, 2009, Lasantha Wickramatunga, Chief Editor of Sri Lanka’s secular, liberal, pro-democracy, pro-government transparency Sunday Leader was assassinated. He left behind an editorial to be published in the event of his assassination, titled And Then They Came For Me, which begins:
No other profession calls on its practitioners to lay down their lives for their art save the armed forces and, in Sri Lanka, journalism. In the course of the past few years, the independent media have increasingly come under attack. Electronic and print-media institutions have been burnt, bombed, sealed and coerced. Countless journalists have been harassed, threatened and killed. It has been my honour to belong to all those categories and now especially the last.
You can read the full article here.