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Days of service to honor MLK
by Christine Fonville
January 14, 2014 12:21 PM | 2017 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A group in south Fulton is embracing the spirit of community service in honor of the 85th birthday observance of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and encouraging others to join in their efforts.

The South Fulton Business Coalition, an organization that promotes shopping, dining and participating in events around College Park, East Point, Fairburn and Union City, will gather Saturday to pick up trash, remove illegal signage, clean MARTA bus stops and trim weeds around the Delowe Drive and Stanton Road exits in East Point.

Coalition Executive Director Dominique Huff said the cleanups represent what the holiday is all about and why the weekend of service was created.

“We can blame others for littering or complain about how our jurisdictions may not have the resources to maintain our corridors, but I think Dr. King taught us to be proactive and make change rather than just expecting it to happen,” he said.

Huff said the ultimate goal of the cleanups is to demonstrate to the community that south Fulton matters.

“We want to take ownership of our corridors and show that the community cares. We all want to see a clean and beautiful community,” he said.

The volunteers will have some assistance from East Point Councilman Alexander Gothard as well.

In a statement, he urged residents, business owners and elected officials to get involved with the cleanup efforts.

“Because many of us are not happy with what we see when we drive on our roads, we all need to make a difference. Everyone should take pride in keeping our community clean and I’m encouraging as many people as possible to come out and help in any way,” Gothard said.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Citgo on Stanton Road.

The cleanup will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

On the holiday itself, the coalition will partner with the Fulton County Republican Party to clean up the Red Oak community in unincorporated south Fulton.

In that cleanup, volunteers will tackle Washington Road, Buffington Road, Roosevelt Highway and Campbell Drive.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Red Oak Plaza at the Certified Security Office at 3375 Roosevelt Highway Suite G.

The cleanup will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Although the organized cleanups during the upcoming weekend were designed with MLK Day in mind, Huff said he hopes the efforts to keep the community clean will continue throughout the year.

“Other cleanups for the Fulton Industrial [district] and other communities are forthcoming. The South Fulton Business Coalition wants these projects to not be just one-time only efforts, but part of an ongoing process to strengthen the community,” he said.

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