VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - As Valdosta Habitat for Humanity members continued working on two houses in the 300 block of Webster Street Friday, they weren't planning on taking a break during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend.
Volunteers, including a group of VSU students, were scheduled to help paint the houses Saturday as a way to honor Doctor King's Legacy.
Construction Manager Stevie Wells said he believes the students helping is an important part of remembering Dr. King and what he did.
"Back before Doctor King," said Wells, "everything was pretty much separated; blacks here, whites there. To me, he forged the way for blacks and whites to be able to work together."
WALB was there when construction was just getting underway on the houses back in November. The houses have come a long way since then, just as the United States has come a long way since the Civil Rights era. Wells said this legacy is part of what has motivated him to work on this holiday weekend.
"We, ourselves, could've taken off this weekend but we're not lookin' out for ourselves, we are doin' it in the memory of Dr. King," Wells said.
If you're planning to volunteer for this project or any other Habitat for Humanity project, Habitat for Humanity's volunteer coordinator Kamille Gay said it is best for large groups to register ahead of time, but individuals are more than welcome to show up Saturday and start painting.
"The individual, yes, more than welcome to show up," said Gay.
Habitat for Humanity does not have a specific completion date for the houses, but like Dr. King, they will keep on working until the job is done.