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Community Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in East Oakland

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2019's volunteer turnout for Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp's day of service. (Khariyyah Shabazz)

On Monday, Jan. 20, people across the nation will gather in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In East Oakland, the Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp is asking people to join in a day of service.

From 8am to 1pm, people are invited to 400 Capistrano Drive to assist in planting trees, picking up trash and helping with beautifying a senior living space in the neighborhood.

They’re expecting over 200 people, working in collaboration with a number of organizations, including Roots Health Clinic, Urban Relief and Planting Justice. A few schools are also involved, like Madison Park Academy and Brookfield Elementary; the City of Oakland is a partner as well.

Khariyyah Shabazz(red sweatshirt) poses with employees, parents and students at the 2019 MLK Day of service.
Khariyyah Shabazz (red sweatshirt) poses with employees, parents and students at the 2019 MLK Day of service. (Khariyyah Shabazz-Wade )

This is the 11th year the youth-focused community-based organization has hosted a day of service—and it’s the fifth year that Khariyyah Shabazz has led this effort.

Shabazz says volunteers can expect to participate in mural painting, neighborhood beautification, and more. “There will be various organizations tabling, food trucks, a DJ, and community engagement,” says Shabazz. There’s also free shirts for people who register beforehand. Details here.

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