Marin City Volunteers Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Briana Zuniga of Mill Valley, left, and Christina Luckey of Marin City bring topsoil to the garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy campus in Marin City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. They were among dozens of volunteers who renovated the garden to mark the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

  • Patty Hubbard, left, works in the garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy with her children, Owen, 13, and Sydney, 15, right, in Marin City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. They were among dozens of volunteers who renovated the garden to mark the holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

  • More than three dozen volunteers clean and renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy garden during a day of service to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in Marin City on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Alan Dep/ Marin’s Independent Journal)

Residents of Marin marked Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday with an effort to revitalize the garden at the school that bears the late civil rights leader’s name.

King was assassinated in 1968 while striking with sanitation workers for better pay and workplace safety in Memphis, Tennessee. Monday would have been his 93rd birthday.

About three dozen people, including middle and high school students, turned out for a day of service honoring his legacy at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy’s Marin City campus kindergarten. The event was organized by the non-profit group Performing Stars of Marin and Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church.

Felecia Gaston, executive director of Performing Stars of Marin, said the location was chosen for COVID-19 safety and as a nod to the unification of the school’s Marin City and Sausalito campuses.

“This garden has needed a lot of care and attention over the past six months,” Gaston said.

Garden coordinator Michelle Bryant said the goal was to prepare the garden for spring by weeding, planting bulbs, preparing vegetables and planting a victory rose garden.

She said she was inspired by Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden, complete with a meditation circle and fruit and vegetable crops. The garden will be used to teach students how to grow and cook food.

“With our garden, it’s all about abundance,” Bryant said. “We get water from the hills, it comes down and everything stays wet.”

“It’s like the abundance I saw in Marin City when I was a kid,” she said. “Everyone had something growing. They loved the idea of ​​being on the farm.

Rose bushes and mint plants were donated by the county. ExtraFood.org provided a shipment of food including fruits, vegetables, sandwiches and pastries, which some students went door to door to distribute.

Seventh grader Porsche Shannon said her favorite part of gardening is transplanting or replacing plants. Eighth grade student Christina Luckey said she had previously participated in a community garden and helped her family water the plants at home.

Among the dignitaries were Sausalito Mayor Janelle Kellman and City Manager Chris Zapata, as well as county public defenders David Sutton and Bryna Holland.

Holland said the public defender’s office is confident “to work alongside the members of the public we serve.” If we can introduce ourselves… what better than working in a community garden? »

The event was part of a year-long celebration of Marin City’s 80th anniversary.

“It’s a great time to bring people together from all walks of life, to come and do a day of service…and to continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King,” Gaston said.

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