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Family gives back at MLK Day Youth Call to Service

MADISON (WKOW) — Madison’s King Coalition hosted a MLK Day Youth Call to Service.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national day of service in honor of Dr. King. Many people spent their Monday off from work and school volunteering.

The event was geared towards middle and high school students. Volunteers taught the students about MLK.

“He loved everyone,” said 4-year-old Christian Weatherby when asked what she knew about Dr. King.

“I brought my daughter here so she can be immersed in this pool of ideas and dreams along with the other students,” said Christian’s father, Rachmaan Weatherby.

Christian was the youngest student at today’s MLK Youth Service Day, she has a special connection to the event.

“Three generations of my family here shows how effective Martin Luther King’s dream is,” said Rachmaan.

Her father was volunteering at the event and her grandmother, Annie Weatherby-Flowers, organized the event with the King’s Coalition.

“The importance of civil rights, importance of freedom, importance of service and importance of love,” said Weatherby-Flowers of the focus of the event.

Weatherby-Flowers has been with the King’s Coalition for 20 years, but she says this event is special.

“Seeing kids really have an ah-ha moment about who Dr. King is or what his legacy means to them and trying to figure out where they fit in a pathway of service,” said Weatherby-Flowers.

Students learned about Dr. King’s message through group workshops that focused on the civil rights movement and volunteerism.

Christian’s father plans to continue to bring her when he volunteers each year.

“Our kids are here to understand what his principals are and to move forward and continue his dream,” said Rachmaan.

The event is in partnership with the City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, United Way of Dane County, and the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Amanda Hari

Reporter, WKOW

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