Volunteers, community leaders come together for annual Walls Project for MLK Day

Annual Walls Project helping to improve areas in north Baton Rouge for MLK Day

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A part of north Baton Rouge is getting a little makeover thanks to some hardworking volunteers.

Community leader, Pat McCallister-Leduff, has teamed up with the Walls Project and other groups for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day festival. It’s a four day long beautification project.

“We’re going to get rid of blight in this city. You better know it. We’re going to clean these vacant lots and we are going to board up those buildings and we’re going to give it a face lift in four days," said McCallister-Leduff.

For nearly six years, hundreds of volunteers use this time to help undeserved areas. This year, volunteers are focusing on an area near Choctaw Drive and Plank Road.

“This is actually my third year doing the Walls Project. We painted a building, but there is also yard work and cleaning up and picking up trash,” said Colleen Kissel, a volunteer.

“Being part of this for five years, I’ve really seen the impact that all of these volunteers have done with the Walls Project and all of the partners and sponsors that are part of the MLK Fest. It’s really empowering for all that are involved,” said Maya Curtis, Walls Project site manager.

Many volunteers were people from the area that wanted to take part in change.

“The neighborhood is in bad shape. I mean, sometimes when it looks better, people act better,” said Will Chatman, another volunteer.

Chatman, who is also celebrating his birthday, says he hopes this small deed will leave a big impact.

“I was feeling okay today, so I decided to put in a little time. It’s good for health and it’s good for the community. Just get out and do what you can, you know, I can’t do much, but you will be able to see a difference after I leave here,” said Chatman.

The festival will continue through Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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