In a powerful demonstration of unity and community engagement, Georgia STAND-UP (STAND-UP) and the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) proudly announced their collaboration for a community cleanup in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.
This initiative, adopted by the EWMC 34th Annual Leadership Conference, witnessed over 100 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members actively participating in revitalizing the Oakland City community and Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City.
Honoring a Civil Rights Icon:
The cleanup held special significance as it paid tribute to Rev. James Orange, a revered figure in the civil rights movement and mentor to many. Despite being an unsung hero, his legacy continued to inspire. The chosen location, Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City, was a testament to his enduring impact on the Atlanta community. Situated in the heart of Oakland City, the park symbolized the ongoing struggle for civil rights and social justice, serving as a space for unity, reflection, and community building.
The cleanup took place on January 11, 2024, from 8 AM to 12 PM at 1305 Oakland Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. This collaborative effort between EWMC and STAND-UP aimed to enhance the beauty and functionality of the Oakland City community. By fostering a sense of pride and unity among its residents, the initiative sought to create a lasting impact on the neighborhood.
Deborah Scott, CEO of Georgia STAND-UP, emphasized the importance of the project, stating, "As we come together to clean up and restore Oakland City community and Rev. James Orange Park at Oakland City, we honor the legacy of this unsung civil rights icon and the impact he had on our community." Scott highlighted that the park is not just a vital community space but a living monument to the struggle for civil rights and social justice in Atlanta.
The cleanup aligned with the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, embodying the power of unity and collective action. The organizers invited media representatives to cover the event, capturing the transformative impact of this collaborative effort. Moreover, they encouraged the community to actively participate, showcasing the strength that arose when organizations and residents united for the
As the community came together to honor a civil rights icon and revitalize their neighborhood, the EWMC and Georgia STAND-UP set a powerful example of the positive change that could be achieved through collective action. The cleanup not only beautified the Oakland City community but also fostered a sense of pride, unity, and shared responsibility among its residents. In the true spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., this collaborative effort aimed to build a better future for all.