NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin State University students honored the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in community service projects all over Nacogdoches Monday.
In all, about 500 SFA students took part in 20 to 25 community service projects throughout the Nacogdoches community.
One group of about 75 students volunteered their time at a Texas Forest Service tree farm at the Nacogdoches Landfill. They spent Monday morning potting and planting trees and putting out mulch. Another group raked leaves and did yard work for an elderly homeowner.
In 1983, legislation that was signed into law stated that the birthday of R. Martin Luther King Jr. would be known as a federal holiday. Then in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service web site.
East Texas News will have more on events commemorating King’s life and legacy later today.