Black History Month: Working to Realize Dr. King’s Dream Through Community Service

Today we’re sharing the story of  how Brianna Harris, Graduate of Spelman College & Master of Physics at Clark Atlanta University is working to carry Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream forward by helping her community through education.

Brianna Harris

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a very unique individual who inspired the world to disregard the race of people and to look within for their unifying qualities. Not only did Dr. King help change the racial tensions of this country, he also promoted education. He once wrote, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” I also believe that education should foster intelligence and good character, and I aspire to be a teacher of the two. I believe learning good character starts at a young age as our children absorb all they learn by what they see and hear.  It’s not only about achieving top marks on standardized tests, but also about being humble in every victory and encouraging our neighbors to do the same. Giving back to our communities is something Dr. King was never shy or hesitant to do, and I look forward to my service as an educator.

As part of our Black History Month celebration this year, we want to highlight that it’s also history in the making, and share the idea that anyone can be a hero. We’re sharing a series of stories about the community at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta Georgia.  The church has been a part of the community since 1886 and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor alongside his father.  Today the church hosts a congregation of over 6,000 people and continues to serve the Atlanta community and beyond.  Join us in learning how a group of impressive young leaders from this historic church continue to be inspired by Dr. King’s vision and to inspire others through community service.

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