JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some Jackson residents used this holiday to reflect on the civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King Junior his sacrifices and accomplishments. Others saw it as a call to serve and reached out to their neighbors.
City leaders led the way for a few dozen people march at Jackson's Freedom Corner to lay wreaths on two monuments there. Prayers of thanks were lifted for Dr. King. Clara Shepherd traveled from Muskegon, Michigan where she serves as city commissioner to take part the annual event honoring the civil rights hero.
"They made me feel good and now I want to go back and share all these ideas. All the enthusiasm that has been brought about Dr. King here in Jackson, Mississippi," said Shepherd.
Across town, 75 Tougaloo College students were keeping their hands busy by painting, hammering and sawing all to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a family they had not met until Monday.
"That's what Martin Luther King was about. He was about community. He was about involvement and about not making sure there was any restrictions or boundaries between people so that's why we're here today. We're here to help this family and build their home," said Whitney McDowell, a senior psychology major at Tougaloo College.
"I'm very happy to see all the people out here to help me, give me support. I just thank them and bless them for coming out," said Ruby Lee Tangle.
Tangle and her daughter Tyara helped raise the first wall of their home while volunteers from Galloway United Methodist Church and Tougaloo put a last coat of paint on a house that will soon belong to the Collins family.
"I definitely think this would be a component of Martin Luther King Junior's beloved kingdom that everyone has access to decent adequate housing," said Habitat for Humanity of Jackson Executive Director Cindy Griffin.
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