Chelten Avenue commercial corridor cleanup with Germantown United CDC honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Emaleigh There are many service activities happening in Germantown to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16. Members of the Steering Committee for the newly formed Germantown United CDC have planned a cleanup of the Chelten Avenue commercial corridor. GU CDC will join forces with volunteers working with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Germantown who each year, organizes a full day of service activities to honor Dr. King.

Chelten Plaza has long been plagued by litter. The problem is now worse since our street cleaner was downsized by the city.

Something to consider. Dr. King was in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was killed, to support sanitation workers — who were on strike, protesting terrible working conditions and low wages.

Photo Credit: Richard L. Copley

“You know, if you bend your back, people will ride your back. But if you stand up straight, people can’t ride your back. So that’s what we did. We just stood up straight and said, I am a man,” said Taylor Rogers. Hear from the sanitation workers who remember Dr. King’s last stand on NPR. The story is a powerful piece. Listen to it.

All that being said. Stop littering. Cleanup your neighborhood! Meet at the corner of Germantown and Chelten Avenues. Details below. Check NewsWorks for more service projects happening in the Northwest.


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