Ph.D. Students Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"
                                                                                   Dr. Martin Luther King

In the spirit of honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D. students from the Department of Education joined a gathering of 200 volunteers to paint a mural on a wall in Santa Ana. Titled “I Have A Dream," the 45-foot mural celebrates the legacy of Dr. King. The mural is located near Raitt Street at Richland Avenue in Santa Ana.

The idea of painting a mural emerged from program activities of the five members of the AmeriCorps Mentors group at KidWorks and their 120 mentees. Over their winter school break, the mentees reflected on MLK writings/speeches and elected to create a mural. Selecting “I Have a Dream” as their theme, the mentees sketched images of their dreams as one of their workshop activities. A muralist then took their sketches and designed a mural that the youths and volunteers painted on MLK Day.

Joining from UCI were doctoral students Kelly Ward, Marina Corrales, Diana Mullins (and family), Alejandra Albarran, Alma Zaragoza-Petty (and family), Marcela Martinez, Erik Ruzek (and family), Cathery Yeh (and family), and Femi Vance. Joining from UCI Cal Teach was Jose Luis Ramirez, Manager of Student Services.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative.