Hundreds volunteer for MLK Day service projects - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Hundreds volunteer for MLK Day service projects

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Students from the University of Louisville participated in service projects throughout the city Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

Service for Peace reported 500 people across the city gave of their time in some way on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"One of the many important things that Dr. King said is life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others," U of L sophomore DoMonique Trotter said. "So we all decided to embody that and actually do something instead of just sitting around campus sleeping in or just watching movies all day. We decide we were going to be active and impactful on the community."

Trotter joined a group of about 150 University of Louisville students who donated their time for a day of service of service in honor of Dr. King.

Students tackled projects ranging from painting at the Parkland Boys and Girls Club to designing a mural and picking up garbage at Maupin Elementary.

"I feel like his purpose with the civil rights movement and everything was for us to make a difference in this world for all communities and for us all to come together and help out," said Ashanti Peppers, a U of L freshman. 

Workers from the Ford truck plant also made a difference Monday. Volunteers from the Ford company worked at the Liberty Bible Baptist Church by assisting with framing work for a project that will eventually become a recreation center in the Shawnee neighborhood. The church had been ravaged by flood waters in 2007.

"This is going to launch us forward months ahead of where we would have been on our own schedule," said Associate Pastor Emery Lee. 

These acts show King's legacy inspire action, but Trotter said his dream is not completely fulfilled. "The reason that we are here today giving back to the community is because there are parts of the community that are not up to par with what Martin wanted to see as his dream. We've got those that are oppressed and still a step behind and low income."

Trotter says he hopes their efforts help inspire others.

"They might not even see the opportunity to go to college, but just us being here lets them see that there is a way to get to where we are today," Trotter said.

Kentucky One Hospital workers gave household and baby items to the Louisville Central Community Centers.

This year marks 20 years since Congress designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s federal holiday as a nationwide day of service.

King was assassinated April 4, 1968.

He would have turned 85 this year.

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