Paint for Peace in Tampa keeps Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words will never fade

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Video: Paint for Peace keeps King's words alive


Tampa, Florida - Monday, more than 75 volunteers from the Corporation to Develop Communities, Frameworks, Derrick Brooks Charities and a host of other youth leadership groups spent the day painting wooden stumps in the parking lot at Al Barnes Park in Tampa.

It was for an event called Paint for Peace where participants also painted the words from King's, "I Have a Dream Speech" on stumps.  

Photos: Paint for Peace takes place on MLK Day

"It's Martin Luther King Day and we don't have school and I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have this, but at least I feel like I'm giving back to the community," said 15-year-old Janae Noah at the event.

Most of the young people participating weren't even born when King delivered his famous, "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago, but with every paint stroke, they want to make sure his words never fade away.

"I'm Spanish, but we've got rights because of him. He was an amazing man to be on the forefront of a movement. It's pretty crazy to think about the kind of pressure he would be under," 24-year-old Simon Cordero said.

Mara Latorre is with Prodigy Cultural Arts Program and is the creator of the art project. 

"The whole project in itself is symbolic of Martin Luther Kings's dream. What we want to capture with this project was not just his speech, but we wanted everything to be intentional," she told 10 News. "From the array of colors that we choose- from the red, the green [and]  the yellow to the silver and the brown."

"We really wanted something that really included a kaleidoscope of colors, and to see everyone of different ages - different walks of life and ethnicities- working together to create this project, I think if Martin Luther King were to be here right now he'd be so proud."

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