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Volunteers clean up blight to commemorate MLK's legacy

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Dr. King sacrificed his life so that Memphis sanitation workers could have better working conditions. Others say it is time to show it was not in vain. Dr. King sacrificed his life so that Memphis sanitation workers could have better working conditions. Others say it is time to show it was not in vain.
Dozens of people across Memphis went from community to community cleaning up blight to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Dozens of people across Memphis went from community to community cleaning up blight to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

(WMC-TV) - Dozens of people across Memphis went from community to community cleaning up blight to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

Dr. King sacrificed his life so that Memphis sanitation workers could have better working conditions. Others say it is time to show it was not in vain.

No job was too big for many young volunteers who hope to live up to Dr. King's dream.

On Martin Luther King Day, multiple young ladies from the Memphis Ambassador Program and Memphis Academy of Health Sciences joined a citywide day of service.

"He fought for the sanitation workers, so I think that it's good that we are out working," said volunteers Shaunte Williams.

People all over Memphis cleaned up neighborhoods on MLK Day. They say it is also about the environment.

"Some of the trash is going out into the Mississippi River," said volunteer Charlisa Jackson.

The goal was to engage people to fight blight, take ownership of communities outside their neighborhood and at the same time to empower youth to take ownership of their future.

"Because he did something for us, it's time to give back," said volunteer Taiya Byers.

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