Civil Rights Leader Makes Annual Birthday Trip to Metropolitan Ministries

TAMPA, Fla.  — Most people like to receive gifts on their birthday, but not Dr. Xernona Clayton; she likes to give.

The civil rights leader turned 92 this month, and it’s become a birthday tradition for her to travel from her home in Atlanta to Tampa to give back.

“I came one year, and that one year was so good I came back another year and repeated it,” said Clayton. “I bring about 100 people. I got friends all over the country.”

Her latest visit included a trip to Metropolitan Ministries, where she dropped off supplies at their food pantry inside the family support center.

“You can’t solve all the problems, but you don’t have to. If everybody did a little bit, we’d have everything solved,” said Clayton.

Clayton is carrying on the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who she worked with during the civil rights movement.


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