"Powerful statement:" Hundreds volunteer in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MILWAUKEE -- Rather than using Monday, January 18th as a day off, Vincent High School junior Solomon Demby was in school celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Demby recognizes firsthand what MLK has done for our country as his family moved to the land of the free from West Africa.

"He's been passed away for a long time, but what can we do for the generation right now to make changes now just like him?" said Demby.

Demby, along with about 600 volunteers spent the day painting 200 murals throughout Vincent High School.

"We'll do inspirational quotes, books, authors, role models for the students to give them a more warm and welcoming environment," said City Year Executive Director Jason Holton.

Even Senator Tammy Baldwin stopped by to volunteer, painting the logo of her Alma Mater.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin volunteers on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Painting things that are meant to inspire and meant to brighten up a student`s day and have them think about the future and what they can achieve," said Senator Baldwin.

This effort was hosted by the national service organization, City Year, to make a difference in the lives of our future generation.

"When they come into school (Tuesday), they're going to know that 600 people either connected or not connected to the school care about what's happening here every single day. So that's a powerful statement to those students," said Holton.

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