Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2014

While the team at the Commission on Human Relations routinely serves its neighbors, members took a special delight in joining the tens of thousands from across the region to engage in the nation’s largest community service project.

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PCHR specialists Belinda Holguin (l.) and Monica Gonzalez (r.) educated job applicants and recruiters about Ban the Box during the Global Citizen MLK Day of Service Jobs and Opportunity Fair.

In its 19th year, the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service featured a range of activities that advanced the educational, employment, housing, nutritional, and spiritual outcomes of countless individuals and groups.

The day kicked off at the historic Girard College – once a bastion of intolerance and now an inclusive, community-minded institution. An all-star lineup of grassroots activists, government and elected officials, nonprofit leaders and students gathered to pay tribute to the man whose birth is celebrated and to fire up those who came to work in his name.

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PCHR Executive Director Rue Landau and Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh gear up for a great day.

The volunteers were a harmonious cultural cross-section, reflecting a diversity that brings to life the vision King had for his country.

MLK Day 2014 at Girard College

Thousands pour into Girard College, one of hundreds of sites hosting service projects in honor of the slain civil rights leader. Photo courtesy: Steve Halenda/Philadelphia Fire Department

Across the city, service projects involving the smallest toddlers to the eldest seniors enriched lives and enlivened spirits, demonstrating again why this is known as the City of Brotherly Love – and Sisterly Affection.

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Executive Director Rue Landau (r.) listens as Mayor Michael A. Nutter reminds the crowd about King’s legacy to social justice as the nation commemorates the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. Photo courtesy: Steve Halenda/Philadelphia Fire Department

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