As we commemorate the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born and raised in Atlanta, we are also preparing to host the 53rd Super Bowl. Dr. King & his brother Rev. A. D. King always engaged our youth to be a vital part of the movement. In the tradition of encouraging and engaging our youth, MARTA, the Friends of Clayton Transit, the A. D. King Youth Foundation, Rosa Parks Legacy Movement/Atlanta, and other community organizations, are proud to present the Junior Transit Ambassadors. These young ambassadors will be in service at key Marta Stations, welcoming visitors and giving directions, literature and assistance. They will be serving under the guidance of Marta Police and hundreds of adult Marta Ambassadors.
We have confirmed students from the Clayton County Public Schools, the A. D. King Youth Foundation, Tri-Cities High School, College Park Youth Coalition, Elite Sisterhood, Griffin Spaulding County Schools, Newnan-Coweta County, Cobb and Gwinnett organizations, Boy Scouts, Raising Up Leaders (co-founded by Mrs. Coretta Scott King), Lite House Kids (Fayetteville) and more. Since 2005, GA State Rep. Dewey McClain (Chair, National Football League Players Association) and retired NFL Player Chris Draft (Chris Draft Family Foundation) are both playing a significant role by actively involved in bringing about this opportunity for youth in the community.
Marta Board Chair, Freda Hardage said, “These young ambassadors will make MARTA proud!” Dr. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, Marta Board Secretary and Founder & President of the Friends of Clayton Transit, added, “our Marta Junior Transit Ambassadors’ participation in this historic “Big Game” will not only make Marta proud, they will make Atlanta and Georgia proud.”
You can support this effort and these young ambassadors by making a financial contribution to help cover the cost of sweatshirts, knit hoods and food for the students. Donations can be made to the A. D. King Youth Foundation, a non-profit 501-c-3 tax exempt organization. Just $75.00 sponsors one student. You may sponsor more than one student.
Please follow this link: http://adkingcenter.com/home/about.html Click on the Donate Button on the right side of the page. This link will take you directly to PayPal.
Please feel free to give me a call at Marta (404) 848-5044 or cell (678) 508-7388. As always, thanks for all you do for the great people of Georgia and beyond!
Thank you in advance for your support and for inspiring our youth to Remember! Dream! Act!
Dr. Roberta Abdul-Salaam
Secretary, MARTA Board of Directors
Founder & President, Friends of Clayton Transit Coalition
Vice-President, Citizens for Progressive Transit
State Representative, Georgia General Assembly (Retired)