Philly cleans up for MLK Day of Service
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day last year, Philadelphians poured through the streets downtown for what was the called the largest march the city has seen in recent memory. In what turned out to be part march, part protest, and part observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday, thousands of people took part in a 1.3-mile trek from the Philadelphia School District building to Independence Mall.
Perhaps because of the massive march, one of the city's larger MLK Day traditions didn't get as much exposure. Over 135,000 volunteers of all ages participated in over 1,000 service projects in the Philadelphia region last year, and 2016 anticipates an even larger turnout. Now in its 21st year, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and Day of Service is one of the largest service events in the country.
— Loraine Ballard (@loraineballard) January 18, 2016
— Amanda Finch (@FinchEffect) January 18, 2016
— Dr. William Hite (@SDPHite) January 18, 2016
— MLK Day of Service (@mlkdayofservice) January 18, 2016
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 18, 2016
— ASAP (@PhillyASAP) January 18, 2016
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) January 15, 2016