More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
It was a profound message of justice and equality for everyone. A call that continues to inspire so many today, including the nearly 200 UNCG students who spent their Saturday afternoon serving the Greensboro community in King’s honor.
Last weekend’s MLK Day of Service marked the ninth straight year that Spartans have taken time to serve and reflect on King’s work. Students volunteered at sites throughout the city, including the Greensboro Children’s Museum, East White Oak Community Center and UNCG’s Spartan Open Pantry.
The event, organized by UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service Learning (OLSL), is one of two annual, campus-wide days of service.
“I think our students feel connected to a larger movement by participating in a day of service to honor Dr. King’s legacy,” said Kristina Snader, assistant director for community engagement for OLSL. “These kinds of events produce ripples of impact. Often our participants return to the organizations they volunteered with to make a larger volunteer commitment.”
Master’s student Osbin Perdomo is one of those students who has invested in the local community through service. He started volunteering with OLSL as an undergraduate at UNCG.
“I tried to look for small ways to volunteer weekly or monthly, even if it was just for a few hours,” he said.
This year, Perdomo served on the MLK Day of Service planning committee and spent his Saturday cleaning apartments at The Servant Center, a nonprofit that works to empower individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or have disabilities.
“There’s no better way to honor Dr. King than by doing something beneficial for our community,” he said. “Even though the work we do may seem small, the impact over time can have profound effects.”
Check out the Storify below to see highlights from Saturday’s event.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Storify compiled by Morgan Glover, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications