Soem peole in Syracuse spent part of their Martin Luther King Junior holiday helping others and trying to work in the spirit of the civil rights leader.
Volunteers helped host a a breakfast for the homeless at the YWCA on the North Side. The event was organized by “We Rise Above the Streets” founder Al-Amin Muhammad who was homeless himself for ten years. He says the event is a way for MLK’s goodwill to be carried out.
“Continue what he was really talking about. Just give back to the less fortunate, give back to your community, get the community together, really from all walks of life ... and to find resources to get our brothers and sisters in the condition (they're) in, right now,” said Muhammad.
The smiles from those in attendance were an indication of the gratitude felt by attendees. 28 year-old Rosheen is one of those who attended the event. He is originally from Rochester and currently looking for work.
“Some body is caring on a holiday. Talk to each other and have a breakfast to sit down with one another and get to know each other do you know what I’m saying,” said Rosheen
Many volunteers spent their day off helping to serve the guests. A woman we spoke to said she finds great satisfaction from helping those less fortunate. Senator Rachel May also spent time talking with residents over breakfast.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity”. It was apparent that echoes of his wisdom seemed to shine at the event.