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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on 4 February 1968 said:
"And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important — wonderful. If you want to be recognized — wonderful. If you want to be great — wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.
And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant. "
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secrectary
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2009
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT SIGNING OF THE
EDWARD M. KENNEDY SERVE AMERICA ACT
The SEED School of Washington, D.C.
3:56 P.M. EDT
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 at 4:31 pm
A Call to Service
The President has just signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, joined by Senator Kennedy, President Bill Clinton, the Congressional leaders who supported the legislation, and countless others dedicated to passage of the bill at the SEED School, where service is a core part of the curriculum. Appropriately, the President announced a major call to service:
A week from tomorrow marks the 100th day of my administration. In those next eight days, I ask every American to make an enduring commitment to serving your community and your country in whatever way you can. Visit WhiteHouse.gov to share your stories of service and success. And together, we will measure our progress not just in number of hours served or volunteers mobilized - but in the impact our efforts have on the life of this nation.
This summer, President Obama is calling on all of us – young and old, from every background, all across this country – to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities.
From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to coast in addressing community needs in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal.
Serve.gov makes it easy for you and all Americans not only to find ways to serve in your communities, but also to create and promote your own service projects.
Please Learn more here.
Find the right opportunity for you, or tell us your story of service - then come back in the coming days and weeks and we will highlight some of the best of what we hear.
“If you or I had the answer, there would be no problem...
but each of us has a piece, and together we have the answer.”
- Dr. John Elliott Churchville
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