While many paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy by visiting his memorial, Keshia Knight Pulliam spent time to recognize individuals nationwide who like King, played an active role in local communities. In partnering with Allstate Insurance, Pulliam announced and awarded four distinguished volunteers as a way to celebrate the annual celebration, National Give Back Day.

“His (Martin Luther King Jr.) whole life and death was about giving to others and it was about creating a better space and a better place for all humankind. With that alone, he gave his life for me and many others to have the opportunities that we all have today,” Pulliam explained.

As a Spelman College graduate, class of 2001, Keshia Knight Pulliam attributed her devotion and appreciation to community service as a result of her affiliation with the Bonner scholarship, a community-service based award.

Pulliam explained, “For me, community service is really important. It’s something that has been in my life for so very long. I went to an HBCU, Spelman College and while there I was a Bonner scholar, which is a community service based scholarship. I just recognized that I didn’t get to where I am by myself and that it’s important for me to give back and to pay it forward.”

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