JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Many are marking Martin Luther King Day with community service. And two Jackson churches teamed up Monday to do just that.
Members of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Central United Methodist Church kicked off the day with a special service and prayer breakfast, then spread out into the community, garbage bags in hand.
"It's a day on, not a day off," said Deacon Calvin Jones, a New Hope youth leader.
While many of their peers are enjoying a day off from school, dozens of young people from the church's Youth Outreach Ministries helped clean up the Farish Street Historic District.
"It's a day to be committed to, because back then, they were committed to be in a place like we're in now," said Jabari Williams, a 13-year-old member of New Hope.
"I think it's just outstanding to have the youth come out and help the community," said Constance Moffett, a member of New Hope.
Church leaders said they hope the service project teaches youth to act on King's legacy of helping your fellow man.
"Dr. King paved the way, and this is showing our youth, once again, how it feels to be involved in this great legacy that he left us," said Jones.
And that legacy, church leaders said , includes taking advantage of the paths that have been paved, and giving back when possible.
"We thank God for Dr. King, but we also thank God for those individuals that put forth those efforts to elevate themselves. He opened the door, but we thank God for those people because they took advantage of the door being open," said Deacon Rufus McNair.
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