SAT stands for me (Samantha Anne Thomas)
Today, observed as a national day of service to remember the legacy of service of Dr. Martian Luther King Jr., people around the nation take action in the power of service to address social problems, strengthen communities and achieve common goals that move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community – a community that takes care of each other regardless of age, abilities, race, class, or culture.
Being new to the PT community, I attended a videography by youth from Jefferson Community School that highlighted their beloved community. The video showcased individuals and community-building organizations that work to serve and create their beloved community. The power of the video was the initiative the youth took to empower themselves and share their voice. It also gave to the community a point of reflection.
What values, actions, and characteristics make a beloved community?
Below are reflections of service while in AmeriCorps. The photos below are from a project that I collaborated with fellow AmericCorps VISTA, Allison Berth, on last year to capture our cohorts walk of creative altruism on reflecting on “corps” values.
The following are pictures of my first AmeriCorps year 2010 MLK Day event. Marching with 4-6th graders at the Central High School, all wearing t-shirts that I worked with the youth in designing.