BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — As they headed out to complete community projects for the 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the students from the University of Bridgeport were emblazoned and emboldened by the words of the civil rights leader.
A graphic design of a famous King quote — “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” — was printed across their shirts.
“We have over 500 volunteers participating all over the Greater Bridgeport Area, with some going to the Discovery Museum to Sterling Community House to discuss Dr. King, and we even have people going to the local shelters as well,” said Jennifer Turner, who is the city engagement coordinator for the University of Bridgeport.
“Today, I really got to be a part of something really amazing. I want to help continue to build the dream that Dr. King imagined that has really become something historical and memorable,” UB student Tasha Haynesa said.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) greeted the students before they headed out to their service projects across the city on Monday.
“I’m so glad there were so many students in our community that went out and pushed back to attempt to save this country. I like how they showed passion, and it’s off the chart,” Murphy said of the participants.
The students chose to spend their day off from class doing something productive. “Today is not just a day off, it’s a day to continue the legacy of Dr. King, that he preached about,” Murphy said.
Earlier that morning, Murphy participated at the Black Pride MLK Day Service at Mount Aery Baptist Church.
Later that day, Murphy made his way to Norwalk, joining Mayor Harry Rilling, State Rep. Bruce Morris, and local advocates at the “Renewing the Dream: Hope in Today’s Time” program at West Rocks School. He also had lunch in Stamford with Mayor David Martin at the Yerwood Center and finally ended his day at the 7th annual MLK Concert celebration honoring King's work at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in New Haven.