Three lawmakers are bringing Queens closer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “beloved community,” a goal he first talked about in his 1957 speech Birth of a New Nation.
Councilman Rory Lancman, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz joined volunteers from Pomonok Houses and Queens College on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to clean up the grounds of the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows. Rakes, tools, and trash bags were provided by the Department of Sanitation.
This service honors the legacy of Dr. King, a humanitarian dedicated to peace and public service, who believed that community action can solve social problems. The Day of Service calls for Americans to collaborate to better their communities and provide solutions to community problems. The holiday was designated a national day of service by Congress in 1994.
“Dr. King once said that life’s most persistent and urgent question, is ‘What are you doing for others?’” said Lancman. “That’s exactly what we are doing today at Pomonok Houses: working together to improve a part of our community.”
The Sanitation Department’s involvement is apt, considering Dr. King has an important history with sanitation workers. His last speech before being assassinated was given in support of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.
“The Pomonok Houses are an integral part of our diverse neighborhood and today’s efforts better our community and continue to keep Dr. King’s call to action alive and vibrant,” said Simanowitz.