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Tallahassee Urban League continues Martin Luther King Day of Service

Posted at 5:02 AM, Feb 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 13:36:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Curtis Taylor is with the Tallahassee Urban League. He, along with the Tallahassee Police Department and leaders from the City, helped picked up trash around the Frenchtown neighborhood, cleaning up the streets.

"We picked up a lot of trash today, and with talking with the citizens, they were very happy we were out here doing it," said Taylor.

The Martin Luther King Day of Service, which was originally postponed due to threats at the Capitol in January, looked to address areas of Frenchtown that seemed neglected.

Although neighbors we talked to didn't want to be on camera, they said they're thankful for the community outreach, so they could address issues like illegal dumping around Frenchtown.

"Not only is it in eye-sore for the community, but it's also hazardous," said Tallahassee Police Department Deputy Chief Maurice Homes.

Homes said the event gave the department an opportunity to "humanize the badge" and hear the concerns of the people they serve every day.

"It was very positive, these citizens were very receptive at all of us being out here," said Homes.

Giving people like Corey Dunnom a chance to help clean up the community he has grown to love.

"The effort that we put in today was priceless. I probably picked up maybe, at least 30 or 40 pounds of trash today, in just one particular area. So we had like seven teams in different areas, so I think we did a good collective effort," said Dunnom.