POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8:36am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (NEWS CENTER 23) — Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Brownsville to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Volunteers celebrated the holiday by giving back to the community.
"Every national holiday we get together and we clean up parks, and clean up cemeteries, we clean up graffiti. Today my project and Janice's project was to clean up the cemetery. "
The founder of this local event said these volunteers want to put Dr. King's message into practice.
"Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez and Gandhi fought for social justice in a non-violent way and so I think it is important to give that message to young people that we can do good in small acts and in large acts but one at a time in whatever it may be and so we just need to inspire, hope."
Volunteers say this Martin Luther King Day event has given them inspiration of following their own dreams.
"Martin Luther King influenced a lot of people…He had a dream of getting blacks and whites together so therefore he inspired many other people’s dreams to do anything in their lives."
Volunteers say their dream is to make a difference right here in the Rio Grande Valley.
"You don't have to be age specific or gender specific to give back to your community and make a positive impact."
Reporting from Brownsville, Abigail Camilo KVEO Newscenter 23.