As the nation struggles with far-reaching challenges, ranging from helping struggling young people achieve success in school and life to assisting veterans returning home from the battlefield, there are heroes among us whose unwavering commitment provides inspiration and an example to us all.
At the Corporation for National and Community Service, we call these heroes Drum Majors for Service. These are the ordinary citizens whose everyday acts of service to others make our country extraordinary. Every day, they are rolling up their sleeves and helping build what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the beloved community.”
As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day holiday, we are honoring dedicated service leaders who live their lives in the model Dr. King described — summoning their “drum major instinct” to bring justice, peace and respectful helping hands to those in need.
These men and women have overcome personal challenges to mentor young people,
care for seniors and lift up others in their communities. They also are providing a blueprint for sustained change and the motivation we need to make service a long-term solution to some of our nation’s most pressing problems.
Anthony McAuley of Los Angeles has worked tirelessly to improve the health of his neighbors and fellow congregants at the Emmanuel — H.M. Turner African Methodist Church. Leading the Health and Wellness Ministry, he organizes health fairs where underserved citizens can get critical exams and screenings for vision and hearing, HIV and diabetes. He’s also tackling the problem of obesity among African American women by spearheading a community obesity initiative to motivate healthy lifestyles. With humility and sensitivity, his support for the community is unwavering and unconditional.
Hilda White from Vicksburg, Mississippi inspires young people — and adults — in her life each day. The 67-year-old, who is the legal guardian of her two grandsons, regularly tutors and mentors junior high and high school students.
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