SFA students visit nursing homes for service project

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - At least 112 university students promoted the legacy of Martin Luther King by giving back to others.

This year's service project was spending the afternoon at nursing homes.

Ashley Small struck up a conversation with 87-year-old Clemlie Phillips. The retired school teacher says she met King and remembers what he said.

"'There will come a day when the little black children will mingle with the white,' and 'God loves us all,'" she said. "He told us that."

Fortunately, King's dream came true for these young people.

"We take our education for granted and we take the fact we get to be in a classroom with so many different races and we get to mingle with so many different people," Small said.

A conversation by two generations provided a life lesson.

"You know God loves us all," Phillips said. "That's right. He doesn't love the black and hate the white or love the white and hate the black. I got 10 toes. You have 10. You have 10 fingers. I have 10. So what?"

Phillips cried the day King died. Today she's happy as she shared her story about a man who had a dream.

Also Monday, about 200 turned out for the annual march in downtown Nacogdoches.

"To see a turnout on a day like today is great," said Terrence Frazier of the SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs. "I mean, with the weather like it is, it really showed the dedication that Nacogdoches has and Stephen F. Austin students too, of being a better society and really changing our community."

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