African/African-American Studies Program Lends Helping Hand to Memphis School

While in Memphis, Tenn., earlier this year as part of a service learning project, students in the African/African-American Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University launched a book drive to assist the Martin Luther King Jr. Transition Academy.

Once back in Richmond, they visited local businesses, placed boxes for book donations in buildings throughout campus, sent e-mails to EKU faculty and students, and more. The effort has resulted in the donation of approximately 140 books covering many facets of literature. The seven boxes were shipped to the MLK Academy in October.

The students hope their contribution to the Academy’s library will inspire others around the nation to help the academy improve its book collection.

“It is unacceptable for any kind of school not to have a library,” said EKU student Dhahran Mason. “I can only imagine the difference a few books will make for the students.”

The AFA program plans to continue donating books to the school.

“We don’t want the MLK Academy’s students to think our connection with them ended with that one day spent with them,” said EKU student Ashlei Jackson. “We want them to know we care.”

A two-page article in the Memphis City Schools newsletter documented the project.

Published on November 03, 2011