LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - One group in Laurel has dedicated many years to growing youth and guiding them through the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Pinky Jones and Anne Clayton have dedicated the past 31 years to growing and educating youth in the community.
"If you don’t know your past and your history, you can’t make a good future,” said Jones.
The Do You Know Foundation started off as ‘beauty salon shop talk’ between Jones and Clayton back in 1988.
“Nobody was doing anything to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s achievements in the city,” Jones said. “So, we decided to get together and try to form an organization that will recognize his contributions to society and to the nation.”
But the women wanted to do more, so the group began spreading it’s knowledge to children in the Laurel community. The group’s main goal is now centered around growing children into young adults through the teachings of Dr. King.
"When he made that I had a dream speech, it was something that could be passed on to let every generation know that your dreams have real possibilities,” said Clayton.
The foundation sets aside a three-day weekend every year observing Dr. King’s birthday. The weekend consists of talent, public speaking, poetry, essay and art competitions for the youth to compete in.
"They’ll learn how to speak publicly and learn how to display a talent and at the end, become a senior and apply for a scholarship,” Clayton said.
The organization has helped more than 600 kids over the years, many of them becoming doctors, politicians and educators.
For more information about the organization you can check out the do you know foundation Facebook page.