Each year on the third Monday in January, friends, family, coworkers and neighbors come together in communities across the nation to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through acts of service. The largest national day of service, MLK Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on gains won during the Civil Rights Movement and to address contemporary issues facing our nation through meaningful civic dialogue and community volunteerism. At Hands On Atlanta, a Points of Light affiliate, it is also an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King in the city where he was born and raised.
For Annie Moore, Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a beloved community didn’t die when he was assassinated. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Annie’s passion is to revitalize her Atlanta neighborhood, bringing to life Dr. King’s vision of a strong, thriving, resilient community.
When Margery Hexton was 68 years old, in 1994, she moved from her home in Chicago to the rural Hawaiian island of Kauai to be near her daughter and grandchildren during retirement. Although her family was there, she left behind friends and a deeply rooted life. The way she coped, the bridge to her new life and community, was volunteering.
As a Silicon Valley native, Terence Lee is no stranger to technology. Although he grew up next to tech giants like Google and Apple, 16-year-old Terence noticed the considerable digital divide within the United States – and even within the San Francisco Bay Area itself. “With the rapid advancements in computer technology, individuals, schools and companies regularly refresh their computer hardware and software to keep up with their work,” said Terence. “At the same time, many students from low-income families do not have easy access to computers, even with the abundance of outdated computers often slated for electronic waste.”