"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, January 21st members of GW ESA joined nearly 700 volunteers commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at GW’s annual MLK Day of Service & Leadership.
Dr. King valued strong communities, the empowerment of individuals, and striving for common goals. MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for our chapter to continue our commitment to service and leadership within Washington D.C. alongside our fellow GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
This year, GW ESA sisters engaged in an on-campus mobile service project with Jumpstart, an organization which helps prepare preschool-aged children in underserved communities for kindergarten. Joining other students, Jumpstart staff, and young professionals from the Greater Washington area, we assembled literacy materials including books and flashcards.
Other highlights of the day included dynamic breakout sessions like “Exploring Identity and Privilege,” “Art and Activism” and “Organizing for Peace,” and hearing from powerful female leaders such as Charlene Drew Jarvis, a former D.C. Council chair and former president of Southeastern University, and U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).
We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to join in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of compassion and empowerment. The day was an important reminder of the power service has on both individuals and communities.