MLK Jr. Day of Service, Pt 1: Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids | WYPR

MLK Jr. Day of Service, Pt 1: Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids

Jan 20, 2020

Credit Image courtesy WBPFHK

Today is MLK Jr Day, the federal holiday established in 1986 to commemorate the birthday of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have turned 91 last Wednesday.  For the past 25 years, the national observance of the MLK holiday has been associated with A Day of Service, a campaign to honor Dr. King's legacy of non-violent struggle for social justice by encouraging people to take part in meaningful volunteer efforts to benefit their community.  As the campaign reminds Americans each MLK Day, "Make it a day on, not a day off."

On Midday today, we meet some  local examplars of that Day of Service ethic who've taken the lead in efforts to make Baltimore a better place to live.

In this first of three conversations, Tom talks with Sandie Nagel, the former Baltimore Jewish Times columnist and community organizer who founded Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids five years ago to address the unmet nutritional needs of many of the city's homeless and impoverished public schoolchildren.  Joining Ms. Nagel in the studio is the group's vice president, Leslie Monfred, a retired nurse.

Typical contents of a Weekend Backpack for Homeless Kids. Group VP Leslie Monfred with founder Sandie Nagel.
Credit image+photos courtesy Weekend Backpacks; Rob Sivak/WYPR

This conversation was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page. Watch the video here, from the start through 12:26 on the feed.