MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - April 22 is Earth Day and a group of Memphis volunteers plan to celebrate all month while honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's dream.
Dr. King's last plight was the Poor People's Campaign, in which he traveled to Memphis to help with the Sanitation Strike.
Fox Meadows residents came together Monday for their own sanitation efforts to help clean up their community.
Community advocate Patricia Rogers understands that blight is a haven for crime.
"Blight and trash and garbage all contributes to deteriorating our community," said Rogers.
It is why she and volunteers partnering Clean Memphis joined members of Greater Harvest Church celebrating Earth Day throughout the entire month of April.
Rogers said it is about promoting pride as they patrolled the neighborhood, picking up paper, broken glass, and bottles.
"I've lived here in Fox Meadows for 29 years; my church is in this area and that's why I want to make sure that our ministry impacts this community," she said.
Rogers said the anniversary of Dr. King's assassination aligns perfectly with their mission to fight blight across the city.
"48 years ago, Dr. King sacrificed his life here in Memphis for the sanitation workers strike and we're here to keep his dream alive and to keep Memphis clean," said Rogers.