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01/18/08-Lufkin

Volunteering for Martin Luther King Day

by Tashun Chism

Norma Hinson remembers the exact moment she found out that Dr. Martin luther King, Jr. had been killed.

"I remember seeing it on TV. I thought, 'What a terrible thing! Why would anybody want to do that? It was just awful," she said.

Hinson is now one of the Lufkin Americorps Volunteers working to make Martin Luther King Day a day of service instead of a day off. Americorps is a volunteer based organization but all members are required to help on days of service.

Program manager Nikki Roberts told us, "MLK Day is one of the biggest national days of service that we have for the year. It's actually a personal passion of mine because I really believe in his legacy of leadership and serving others. That's the whole point of the corps; we give back to our community and we serve others."

Lufkin Americorps members will volunteer at the Hope Center MLK banquet on Sunday. On Monday, they will participate in the city of Lufkin's MLK Day march. They'll also take part in monday's MLK Day honor ceremony at Dunbar Primary. They hope they won't be alone.

"The kids are out of school and a lot of employers let their employees have the day off. But this is really a day for you to give back to your community and be of service just like the legacy of Dr. Kings teaches. To give back to your community and help make this place a better place," said Roberts.

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