Disney VoluntEARS, Company Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Filed in: Beyond the Theme Parks, Cast Members

“Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2016 – On the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day national holiday, Disney VoluntEARS came out to honor the late civil rights leader by providing service to Orlando’s community.

For nearly three hours, VoluntEARS participated in the city’s District 5 – Parramore Clean-Up and Great Day of Service Jan. 18. Along with Florida A&M University College of Law students and other community volunteers, they picked up trash and painted in the west side neighborhood.

“It’s a holiday for most people, but the significance of the holiday makes it important to spend time helping your community,” said Cast Member Amber Draus. “When I saw the opportunity, I knew it was important for me to be here.”

For more than two decades, the Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King Commission, corporate and community partners have planned and promoted events to celebrate the life and legacy of the slain Baptist minister who headed a nonviolent movement to end segregation and discrimination in the United States.

“Since the inception of the City’s MLK Commission, Disney has been involved with celebrating the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Belinda Wilson, Community Relations manager for Walt Disney World Corporate Citizenship. “As a company, Disney believes that diversity and inclusion are a cornerstone of making the communities in which we live, work and play better for everyone.”

Events this year to celebrate King, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964,included a jazz and blues cookout; Interfaith Celebration and Candlelight Vigil; holiday parade; City of Hope cultural event; and The Dream gospel concert.