Statement from Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

“Today, as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, I am inspired by his global vision to create a beloved community, in which all people can thrive with access to nourishment, housing, human decency and belonging.

Through active partnership in communities around the world, Peace Corps volunteers engage in service across difference, and they actively work to eradicate poverty to advance the inclusive and equitable society that Dr. King envisioned for us all.

It is only through deep, personal connections with people around the world, that we build bridges of understanding that create the conditions necessary for lasting friendship and world peace.”

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About the Peace Corps:  The Peace Corps is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally-prioritized projects in the areas of education, health, environment, agriculture, community economic development and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 143 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Troy Blackwell
Peace Corps Director of Press Relations and Spokesperson
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