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Northeast High students work on service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted: 11:29 AM, Jan 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-15 18:34:17-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the birthday of a civil rights icon, Malcolm decided to pay tribute to Martin.  

Malcolm Cook is a freshman at Northeast High School. Cook joined nearly 300 volunteers who participated in a service project made possible by City Year KC.  

“He worked tirelessly for social justice,” City Year Development Director Jeff Shafer told 41 Action News when reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. “So, we wanted to make sure we make our celebration for him and his legacy a day on and not a day off. So, people come out here and give back to the community and do something right for the community we live in.”

On what would’ve been his 89th birthday, people of all colors added a bit of color to the walls of Northeast High. They painted murals throughout the school.  

Kriseya Washington is also a freshman and volunteered her time on this day off from school. For Washington, giving time on MLK Jr. Day was a no-brainer.  

“Why just sit down, be on your phones, or do games,” Washington asked. “Do something productive with your life and actually grow up to be someone one day.”