WGN News Reporter
Hundreds of volunteers are helping Chicago mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national day of service.
At Sullivan High School in the Rogers Park neighborhood students are at school on this holiday.
Instead of classes, they’re helping with minor projects, painting murals in classrooms and hallways.
Mayor Rahm Emanual also attended the event, which was organized by City Year Chicago.
The beautification projects are an opportunity for students to learn about the principles of Dr. King he lived and died for.
Student Alexiaa Jordan said, “Dr. King espoused the qualities of friendship and service. I don’t think there’s such a thing as fighting for equality without serving your community at the same time.”
Meanwhile, Martin Luther King Fair Housing Exhibit opened in Chicago’s North Lawndale community Monday.
It’s located on the very corner where Dr. King, his wife and their children lived in the mid 1960s at 16th and Hamlin.
Doctor King would have been 85 years old.