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BHGHNY Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Our scholars, along with 150+ others, participated in the New York City Coalition Against Hunger's (NYCCAH) MLK Day Serve-A-Thon and were split into 3 groups of 6, and one group of 14, to complete various service projects for NYCCAH. They worked in Williamsburg and Bedford Stuyvesant doing SNAP outreach (handing out fliers to educate people about their options for food assistance in New York City). The scholars also helped thoroughly clean the dining hall and kitchen at the Xavier Mission in Chelsea. This included things like scrubbing down all surfaces, garbage cans, tables, floors, containers, etc. This event presented a valuable opportunity to talk to the boys about the issue of hunger in the city and the relationship it has to how value is perceived from demographic to demographic.

Combined, our scholars completed 57 hours of service that day.