Justice

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year on January 12, the U.S. marks the day in celebration of a man who helped the country see its wrong doings and begin turning in the direction of justice. Many people enjoy that day as a “day off” from work, but here at City Year we consider it a “day on”. It’s a day to put our boots on and continue Dr. King’s legacy of service and compassion for his fellow man. This year CYNH joined all of Volunteer New Hampshire in a state wide food drive to support the New Hampshire Food Bank. The post holiday months being a time where donations drop, but the need for food continues on. I’m proud to say that CYNH along with the SCA, volunteers from Frito Lay and Dyn collected over 700 pounds of food that day. That was just our morning.

After lunch we participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition’s annual ceremony. Where 4 students were celebrated for their works of literature and art in response to the MLK quote: “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Three of these students were from the school where I currently lead a team and from the 5th Grade classes of my two Corps Members. It was absolutely amazing to see those kids recognized for their work and to witness the thought and emotion evoked from them when asked to respond to such a deep set of words. It’s inspiring to see that students, born well after Dr. King’s time, can still be moved by his words and actions. I’m truly privileged to know these kids and to lead the Corps Members who help to inspire them everyday.

-Eric Beaton Team Leader at Gossler Park Elementary School

 

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About ebeaton

Hi, I am Eric Beaton. I'm the oldest of six kids and the grandchild of immigrants from Spain and Cuba. In May 2010, I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Political Science. I played football in college and play the bass guitar as a hobby. My home town is La Verne, CA which I left in August 2010 to join CYNH in Manchester, NH as a first year Corps member(I am currently a Senior Corps Member). I drove across the country to get here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of seeing a lot of places I had never been. I hope to travel abroad to many different places around the world in the future.
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One Response to Justice

  1. carol j says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the activities of the day. I was not aware of the food drive. That is an admirable amount of work and food collected. The student stories are heartwarming and give hope of a better world, City Year NH is certainly encouraging and supporting that hope. Your wisdom defies your age, and causes adults to stop for a minute and think about the greatness in youth. Keep up the good work. Keep writing!

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