Albany -- A number of people in Albany decided to do service on this Martin Luther King Junior Holiday, as a way to honor the slain civil rights leader.
Many spent the day with hammers, saws, and paint brushes building homes. More than 100 people spent this holiday working at the Flint River Habitat for Humanity build on Willow Oak Court.
With saws, hammers, and paint brushes, a number of Albany State University students worked to build two homes for Habitat. Albany State Habitat for Humanity Chapter President Chantelle Currin said, "A day of service, giving back to the community. Even though we had the day off, we are coming out to do something productive with our time."
Most of these college students of course only know about the civil rights movement from history books. But Robert Montgomery remembers his experiences, and says he is glad these students and volunteers are marking the Holiday with more than a day off. Robert Montgomery said "it's a good feeling to be out among the young folks that realize the dream, and importance of it. Because we got to continue to keep it going."
The volunteers helped build two homes that should be completed this week. The owner of one, Ricardo Hayes, says this holiday service will make a huge difference in his family's life. "It's a new beginning, a new start. Chance to bring up my children, our children, in a good neighborhood."
The Habitat for Humanity build on Willow Oak Court will continue the rest of this week. Saturday the two homes will be dedicated at 2 PM.