By Erin Middleton, CFJC Community Outreach Specialist
Martin Luther King Jr. advocated and demonstrated that community engagement and unification are powerful tools for liberation from an oppressive society. On the 83rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, over 380 people joined with Urban Tilth and other community organizations at the Richmond Greenway to grow, plant, connect, unify and “green the community”.
There were dozens of community projects in which volunteers could participate: from servicing bikes, weeding, planting, helping run a petting zoo for children, to painting and building planter boxes.
Lotta Chan and I, participating on behalf of CFJC, especially enjoyed weeding and planting with a few of the children who live just blocks from the Richmond Greenway. The children seemed genuinely thrilled to participate in the transformation of their backyard neighborhood into a green zone, filled with plants, some edible trees, fresh murals and nature paths through the new landscaping.
A petting zoo, provided courtesy of EcoFarms, was also a huge hit – everyone got to pet and interact with a goat, rabbit, chicken, turtle, and tarantula (no petting there)!
Community members enjoyed live music, a free healthy lunch and dance after the service activities. Overall the event was joyful, cooperative and fun and we were honored to be a part of all the activities. To see pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page.