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Hundreds volunteer throughout Indianapolis on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted at 4:39 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 18:42:07-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has evolved from a national holiday off into a day of work in communities.

People gathered to help with several community service projects throughout Indianapolis in honor of Dr. King.

"It's not just about this one day because he wasn't about just one day," Gregory Wilson, the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, said. "Let's continue through the year doing something for someone else and giving yourself."

John Hawkins, who grew up playing at Watkins Park, says it brings things full circle when he came back to work.

"It's a humbling experience," Hawkins said.

Hawkins was one of at least 200 people who came to clean up, fix and serve in honor of Dr. King's legacy.

"To see all these people come out on today and be selfless on his day," Hawkins said.

To continue serving and giving back to the community throughout the year, the following organizations say they could use your help:

Flanner House
Wheeler Mission
Julian Center
Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
Indiana Civil Rights Commission
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
Indianapolis Animal Care Services

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