“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 900 volunteers gathered to celebrate the legacy and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the community. The MLK Day of Service brought together those who are committed to the mission of Westside Future Fund (WFF) – to revitalize the historic Westside and build a community that Dr. King would be proud to call home.
Our volunteer corps facilitated eight service projects throughout the historic Westside neighborhoods served by WFF including schools, museums, and community resource centers. Volunteers completed tasks like organizing, painting, cleaning, planting and repairing. Their efforts helped beautify and breathe life into each space while also building community with each other.
Dr. King lived and learned on the Westside. He attended Booker T. Washington High School (Ashview Heights Neighborhood), and he graduated from Morehouse College (AUC Neighborhood). In 1965, he and his wife purchased 234 Sunset Avenue in historic Vine City where his family lived for years after his death in 1968.
Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. King and numerous other Civil Rights Movement luminaries who lived and learned in Atlanta, such as Reverend Joseph Lowery, Hosea Williams, Xernona Clayton, Ralph David Abernathy and Dorothy Bolden, who shared his dream for equality and opportunity for all.
Thank you to our 800+ volunteers who helped us honor Dr. King’s service legacy.