Teens Takin’ it to the Streets on MLK Day of Service

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  MLK

J&J Teens and Pre-Teens team up at the Boys & Girls Club, and literally began cleaning up the neighborhood streets of Pasadena armed with brooms, garbage cans, and gloves.  Martin Luther King would have been proud!

About the MLK Day of Service:

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The federal holiday was first observed in 1986, making 2011 the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

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