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MLK Day of Service Around St. Joseph

In the spirit of Dr. King?s life and message of unity and social justice, area teens volunteered their time giving back to the community, in hopes their work will inspire others.

48 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. On the day we celebrate his life and the legacy he left behind, that dream still lives on.

At Missouri Western's Blum Student Union. Student volunteers made quilt squares for a "Unity Quilt", each with their own idea of what unity, peace and Dr. King means to them.

Leah Hayes, with Missouri Western�s Center for Multicultural Education said, "It means nonviolence, it means peace, it means unity, it means so much. I understand you cannot put all of that into one quilt square, but it is a start."

Dr. King's message of unity and giving back to the community continued at the National Military Heritage Museum, where volunteers from Missouri Western helped restore a 1953 Jeep, and cleaned several military history books.

At God's Mountain Bible Camp near Rushville, members of Americorps and the St. Joseph Youth alliance did some early spring cleaning. Prepping the camp for it's spring and summer visitors.

Pastor Johnny Williams said, "Who are we to think that it is not also our job? To do as those before us, and we celebrate this special day, and all of us have a place in that.�

Dr. King words and actions mean something different to everyone, but his legacy carries a common theme.

Hayes said, "If you just help yourself, then one day you can help somebody else, and then it can be a chain reaction."

The Juda House also participated in Monday�s day of service. It was sponsored by East Hills Mall, The St. Joseph Youth Alliance, Americorps, and Missouri Western's Center for Multicultural Education.

 

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