Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to activism, pursuing racial and social justice for the oppressed peoples of America through nonviolent tactics and peaceful demonstrations. His leadership positioned him as the most influential and instrumental figure of the civil rights movement, while his efforts honored him as the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. His ability to touch hearts across the country with his articulate speeches is simply unmatched. He gave his memorable “I Have a Dream” speech in front of an enthusiastic crowd, gathering hundreds of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Now, fifty-three years later, his address remains just as powerful and relevant.
Dr. King’s actions began locally and grew nationally with the support of people living through the same struggles. His commitment to serve resonated throughout his local community and generated dedication from people across the country. Dr. King’s ubiquitous image has become an international symbol of peace and purposeful uprise, and instills optimism in coming generations. In memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his immeasurable impact to social justice, we urge you to commit to serve in your community. In the timeless words of MLK:
“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Join us on this designated day of volunteer service, Monday January 18, 2016 from 9 am – 2 pm, at the Richmond Greenway to protect and preserve the environment of Richmond. Sign up at Eventbrite or contact Martha@thewatershedproject.org for more details.
We asked our staff members to follow MLK’s lead and think about their dreams for the community:
“I have a dream that on this year’s day of service the human race will honor Dr. King’s legacy by working side by side–friends and strangers, neighbors and newcomers, young and old, to restore the earth, our common home.”
Waste Matters Project Coordinator
“I have a dream that Trees will sprout, in the weather of rain or drought. I have a dream that Richmond pride in adopting Trees will preside.”
Greening Urban Watersheds Project Coordinator
“I have a dream that adults of the community will set good examples and build strong foundations of giving back for future generations.”
Green Collar Corps Intern
Make it a day ON!
Come out to the biggest Greenway event of the year and help The Watershed Project with the following:
- Plant a new Bioswale at 11th street
- Assist with tree planting, weed control and sheet mulching at 6th street
- Join children’s activities at 6th Street:
—Clay workshop organized by students from the California College of the Arts
—Our ever popular 3-D Watershed Diorama.
Helpful Tips for the Day of Service:
- FREE refreshments will be provided for nourishment as you work hard to green our community.
- We will provide tools and gloves. If you have your own pair of gloves and a bucket, please bring them so everyone gets a chance to pitch in.
- Bring your own reusable water bottle.
- Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy closed-toe shoes.
- Let us know if your party has multiple people.
- Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.