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MLK Day of Service 2018

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MLK Day of Service 2018
 

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent social activist that played a fundamental role in the Civil Rights Movement. He was an advocate for equal rights and fair treatment for all. He fought, through peaceful protest, for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and victims of injustice. His advocacy was a large driving force behind the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, that changed the course of U.S. history.

In 1983, Congress made the third Monday of January a National Service Day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. This is the only federal holiday that is recognized as a National Day of Service. To celebrate his contributions to our nation, Americans are called across the nation to participate in community service projects. This is a call to act on what Martin Luther King Jr. perceived to be life’s most pressing question, “What are you doing for others?”

On January 15th, Habitat for Humanity Riverside Americorps member, Kathy Dang, and Community Action Partnership intern, Christian Gutierrez, joined other Americorps members from University Eastside Community Collaborative at their annual “Adopt-A-Street” event. This one took place along Quail Run Road where it intersects with Canyon Crest Drive.

 
Alongside other volunteers, they formed a human chain down the ravine and pulled out large tires that had been dumped there. The tires were filled with mud and water, and had even become a home to some animals. But one by one, they were passed from one volunteer to the next until every tire made it to the top of the hill and into a large waste container.

All in all, the amount of tires removed came to a whopping 239! Although given this strenuous task, volunteers remembered Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “The time is always right to do what is right.” 

Learn more about Americorps and MLK Day of Service: www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday