Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Brandie Richardson
2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Staff photo by Leslie D. Rose

Every year in January, thousands gather around the United States to serve their community as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In Donaldsonville, community members will come together on Jan. 16 to give back to the area in a day of service.

"So much of Dr. King's legacy was devoted to people coming together and giving back to the community to strengthen and empower it," said River Road African American Museum (RAAM) Board Member Javella Williamson. "This is the RAAM's way of contributing to the effort."

Now in its fifth year, the museum will once again host a Day of Service in Donaldsonville where volunteers will help to clean up the area and also learn about King's legacy. Beginning at 10 a.m., a showing of Ava DuVernay's the 13th, a documentary about the 13th amendment that outlawed slavery, will be shown, followed by lunch at noon.

The Donaldsonville High School history class will clean and move debris at the Freedom Garden and two educational group from the Ascension Parish Alumni Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter will be assisting in the event and cleaning up debris from the Jazz Plaza and around the museum, Williamson said.

"We want to give the children a service learning project to involve themselves in in this national holiday," she said. "People through community service and volunteerism try to create an environment of caring and concern with individuals that are service minded who show an appreciation for where they live and how they live. It's all about lifting up one another and helping those who are in need of help."