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Weekly News From the President: Commemorating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we want to honor the idea of service and justice.

That doesn’t mean taking a day off from our busy lives so we can volunteer to serve others. That’s because we work in community service media. The idea of taking a single day off to serve others seems odd – we serve people in our towns and cities every day.

The work we do in PEG community media is noble, exhilarating and vital AND mundane and exhausting. There are beautiful moments when you realize you have changed a person’s life – or many lives – for the better.

Then there are time you can feel like you’re on a hamster wheel catching up with problems that never seem solved – working with few resources other than ingenuity and inspiration.  What’s worse sometimes is being castigated for not having money, resources and power, or for being small, niche or naïve.

The core of the idea of serving others remains at the end of each long day of work with our communities – of fighting for communities by battling indifference, ignorance and greed – and I know it provides us all with inspiration to keep fighting and striving.

Our communities have information needs that big media does not serve – needs to be educated, to be connected with one another, to be involved in government and to be heard and understood.   We should continue to dedicate ourselves to that service on this day, and take pride in the work to serve others on all the other days of the year.