More than 1,200 volunteers in Washington, D.C., donated their time over the weekend to community projects designed to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a way of continuing King's work on behalf of America's poor and disenfranchised, volunteer groups went to work at over 30 sites, many of them not far from the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. Projects included repairing schoolrooms, serving and delivering food to the hungry and infirm, and putting together boxes of toys for hospitalized children.
In the months before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King concentrated his efforts on drawing attention to endemic poverty in this country, and his trip to Memphis, where he was killed, was part of his "Poor People's Campaign."
"'Dr. King said, 'Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,' " said D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams at a ceremony on Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library . "A great deal of his legacy is about putting bodies and souls in motion, and that's what this weekend is about."
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