On Monday, Jan. 20, a total of 85 Clayton State University students gave a visible demonstration of Clayton State’s supportive community by serving the community and honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by volunteering at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Indeed, it was a “dream made real” in action.
Participants began the day in the Clayton State Student Activities Center with a presentation on the history of the King holiday and an overview of Truly Living Well. Students were then transported to the service project where they had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including repairing garden beds, spreading mulch, planting trees, construction, painting and landscaping.
Their work that morning assisted Truly Living Well in their mission to grow better communities by connecting people with the land through education, training, and demonstration of economic success in natural urban agriculture. Since 2006, Truly Living Well has been providing the local Atlanta community with organically grown vegetables and fruit direct from their certified natural Atlanta farm.
After the service project, students then joined teams from corporations, churches, schools and other non-profit organizations in the Annual MLK March & Rally through downtown Atlanta.
Shanice Walker, a Clayton State sophomore from Statesboro, Ga., and Taya Duchatellier, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., both expressed what an honor it was to have the opportunity to volunteer at a location only two blocks from his birth home.
“It the least we could do for Dr. King to honor his legacy,” says Duchatellier.
The 2014 MLK Day of Service was part of a calendar of events scheduled to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Other events included the King’s Sunday Supper, “A Dream Deferred” dialogue on recent social injustices and A Day with Dr. King Cultural Immersion field trip to give students the opportunity to explore significant landmarks associated with Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement.
For additional information about any of the events, please contact the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-LIFE (5433). For additional photos from the service project and the march, go to the Clayton State Department of Campus Life Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.690436854310215.1073741831.122178364469403&type=1
A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.