“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Through these words, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. emphasized the importance of service. His idea of service and working for freedom led him to become one of the most iconic African-American figures in America and in history.

On Jan. 19,the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As is tradition, many Xavier studentsjoined in the annual MLK Day of Service with Tulane, Dillard, Loyola, and University of New Orleans. The service projects were locatedthroughout New Orleans and included organizing donations at The Green Project,an eco-friendly store that sells new and recycled building supplies in the Lower Ninth Ward.

About 30 students organized furniture, broke down cabinets and closet doors, and reorganized stacks of lumber.

Carole Hosler, a full-time volunteer at The Green Project, praised the students’ efforts.

“This is truly an amazing thing,” Hosler said. “[Dr. King] was all about service to others.It shouldn’t just be a day off, it should be a day on—a day of service. That would make him proud.”

She and her colleagues were gracious to the student volunteers and expressed their appreciation for the extra help.

At the end of theday, the students returned to Loyola University’s campus for a 10-minute reflection on their project, followed with food and beverages.

Courtney Waung from Tulane University shared the sentiments of many students.

     “We are giving back to a community that truly needs it,” Waung said.“We live in New Orleans and it’s really big on rebuilding a broken community.”

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