While a national day of service is a nice idea, it has little to do with the actual work of Martin Luther King. I wonder if the day of service isn’t promoted in order to distract us from the true radical life of Dr. King. He was not about soup kitchens and food drives (although he obviously had nothing against them). Martin Luther King Jr. was about changing the system so that we no longer need soup kitchens and food drives. If we truly wanted a day that reflected his life and beliefs it would be a “National Day of Protest”. Protest against injustice, inequality, intolerance, poverty, environmental destruction, greed, materialism and militarism.