“Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students at the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center volunteered in their community to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Activities throughout the day included a neighborhood cleanup, collecting canned goods for the Mid-South Food Bank, and volunteering at the National Civil Rights Museum for its annual King Day festival.
Between these activities, students attended a luncheon hosted by the center, where they heard from speakers such as Job Corps National Director Lenita Jacobs-Simmons; Ike Griffith, Director of the Memphis Office of Youth Services; Daphne McFerren, Executive Director of The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change; Michael Hooks Jr., great-nephew of Dr. Benjamin Hooks and CEO of AllWorld Project Management; and Major General Augustus Leon Collins, CEO of MINACT, Inc. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Job Corps Center Y2Y Student Ambassador Gabrielle Thomas read an original poem, and Finch-Henry Job Corps Center’s Tamara Hartzog recited an excerpt from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.