ML King Day service "should last all year"

Though his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King's message resonated today thanks to about 200 UM Flint students. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. - A Flint resident, Nikita Johnson says "makes me feel good as a person to know that it isn't just about me. I'm pretty sure everyone here feels the same way."

Although his voice was silenced nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King's message resonated today thanks to about 200 UM Flint students.

Those who participated say it was exhausting at times, but it also made them feel good.

Courtney Baunoch of Sigma Sigma Sigma says "we try and do as much community service as we can at my sorority we just like to help out the community.

And how hard is this work?

"This work is very hard," said Baunoch.

At schools, churches and community centers, the students fanned out across Flint, helping to clean-up, move up and paint up.

Angela Wang, a Flint student and mother says "you can't just do this in one day."

At the Joy Tabernacle Church, volunteers painted a basement hallway.

Across town at the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, the students moved out old furniture, pushing some of it down a hallway, with some of it heading to a nearby dumpster.

Pastor Robert Mccathern says "chancellor (borello) didn't want it to be a one day thing, hoping they'd help out all year long.

A U of M Flint professor, Thomas Hanthorn says "so we try to get our students off campus, try to get them out there and that's the big thing about a day like today that gives students a chance to see the need".

Dr King stood for peace, justice, equality and change. By volunteering, these students hope to keep those values alive today.

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