The Milledgeville-Baldwin County community will honor the legacy and vision of civil rights advocate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday as the Day of Service marks the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday.
As families, friends and coworkers across the nation become empowered to bridge barriers, the local community will take part in several service projects for this year’s theme “Engaging the Dream: Conversations to Actions.”
“It’s important for people to recall, remember and reflect upon the legacy of Dr. King and other civil rights activist icons. It’s not only about observing what Dr. Martin Luther King stood for, but most importantly, taking his teachings ... and applying them to present day dialogue and action,” said Emmanuel Little, member of the 2014 MLK planning committee. “A lot of lessons can be learned through their struggles, and we can relate those struggles to our daily lives in 2014. We should continue to apply their principles to ... better future generations.”
Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) and the Georgia College GIVE Center are collaborating to kick off Monday’s Day of Service with school beautification projects at the Early Learning Center, Creekside Elementary and Eagle Ridge Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We will be painting some trim, cleaning walls, spreading mulch in the playground areas, picking up trash and other general beautification projects,” said Sandy Baxter, executive director of CISMBC. “We’ll be providing water and light snacks, as well as most of the tools and supplies needed.”
As of Thursday afternoon, 110 volunteers from the Georgia College campus, AmeriCorps VISTA, Georgia Power and the community signed up to help with the school projects. Volunteers are urged to bring work gloves and latex gloves.
“Majority of our volunteers are Georgia College students, faculty and staff, and we also have had significant involvement from the community. This is going to be a real joint effort,” Baxter said. “We encourage everyone to get involved in one of the activities on MLK Day. He continues to inspire the best in the human race and we hope everyone in our community will come together to do this in his honor.”