Frederick County’s Asian American Center celebrates MLK call to service, life

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FREDERICK, Md. (DC News Now) — Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed last month but celebrating his legacy lives on.

The Asian American Center of Fredrick closed out the week with a luncheon devoted to King’s inspiration; It was scheduled for last month but had to be postponed because of heavy snow.

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Community service was a hallmark of King’s teachings. Even those not born in the United States but are now American citizens have a deep appreciation for King’s commitment to freedom and mutual respect, standards preached by the late civil rights leader.

“I came from Hong Kong, China,” Elizabeth Chung, executive director of the Asian American Center, said. “I was so inspired by Dr. King long before I came here.”

Chung’s nonprofit helps those relocating to the U.S. to live the American dream.

Medhi Modabbir, for example moved to the U.S. after living under Taliban oppression in Afghanistan.

“The first time I heard of Dr. King I was in high school,” Modabbir said. “My journey for community service started then.”

Modabbir is fulfilled to be living in a land free of discrimination and oppression.

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Chung insists that the spark of freedom is best served when citizens give back to their communities like volunteering to keep King’s spark for freedom alive.

“Dr. King fought against injustice,” Chung said. “He want to serve. He wants children to love each other. He loved the community. It was so inspiring when I came to this country. I always remembered his teaching.”

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